P&O’s latest cruise ship the MV Britannia is the largest of its kind and one of the largest ships to visit Liverpool. The engines generate the same power as 86 Bugatti Veyrons. She’s 15 meters shorter than QM2 and 2 meters shorter. So not the biggest cruise ship to visit the city but certainly pretty big.
The final day. Queen Victoria was given a great party send off featuring balloons, confetti, semaphore, bell boys, the town crier and Danielle Thomas singing ‘Time to say goodbye’. The sun even came out! It’s been quite a ride these past few days. My iPhone is telling me I’ve done a marathon in walking / running in 4 days. Considering I was mostly at the pier head it’s crazy. That’s just how much was going on. It’s been a joy to photograph it all.
Non of this would have been possible without the great work that Cruise Liverpool has been doing over these past 8 years. It’s been an honour working for them and they’ve put on an amazing show for the city. Well done guys :)
This was it. The big moment when the 3 Cunard liners Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all sailed down the Mersey. I’ve been waiting to see this for years. It’s what I’ve been working towards over 8 years at the Cruise Terminal. Iconic moments. History. The biggest maritime event I’ve seen in my lifetime on the Mersey. I imagine we won’t see anything like it for another 25 years when it’s Cunard’s 200th birthday. I’ll be 61 by then.
The day exceeded my expectations. The Red Arrows! Seeing the Biennial’s Dazzle Ferry in amongst it all. So many lovely little bits. Here’s some photos of them.
The second day of the 3 Queens event in Liverpool saw the arrival of Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 (QM2). There was street theatre to entertain the crowds during the day and the evening saw the stunning projection ‘Amazing Graces’ on the three graces followed by fireworks over the river.
In 2007 the Liverpool Cruise Liner terminal opened with a visit from the Cunard cruise liner the QE2, a ship from my childhood. When the QE2 first came to Liverpool, in 1990, I was there to see it. My parents and I hung out with some photographer friends at the Egremont Ferry pub. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I remember seeing this giant ship turn in the river. It was huge! After seeing the QE2 we retired to the Egremont Ferry pub for chips and to talk about photography. To quote my 2007 blog post;
The Dazzle Ferry is a collaboration between the Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Mersey Maritime Museum, Mersey Ferries and Sir Peter Blake. It’s a working example of a dazzle ship.
Last year the Biennial launched the Dazzle Ship Edmund Gardner, a static example of a dazzle ship in the dry dock by the Museum of Liverpool. The Dazzle Ferry is a fully working ship and will be sailing until December 2016. How awesome is that? You can now razzle dazzle ferry across the Mersey.
You have to see the ferry in action. It’s beautiful and absolutely crazy. Take a trip on it too. If you go during commuter hours, before 9:30am, you can get a return ticket for less than £3. Do it. Dec 2016 will come around sooner than you think and I just know I’m going to miss this ship on the Mersey when it goes in for a paint job. I’ll commute the fudge out of it until then. It’s the best way of getting to the studio and I’m also working on a project about the ferry. More of that later.