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THE FERRY TO DARTMOUTH

Last night, you might recall, I talked a while about the ferry across to Dartmouth. Usually, whenever I see a ferry it makes me cross and so Dartmouth is my destination for mid-afternoon.

On Sundays the ferries are not as frequent as they might be and having been delayed while on my travels I am required to move at something resembling a pace which for me, anyway, is rather unusual when I'm on holiday.

I arrived at the ferry terminal just in time and scrambled aboard as some crew members were pulling up the gangplank. "Phew! Just made it!" said I, recalling the incident many years ago when I was obliged to dash into the Gent's on Crewe Bus Station after a heavy evening on the Robinson's
"Phew! Just made it!" I said, as I came to a standstill at the urinal nearest the doorway
The guy standing at the urinal next to me looks over the dividing partition "Blimey! Can you make me one like it?"

angus macdonald bridge ferry to dartmouth Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

Here from on board ship we have a very nice view of the MacDonald and the Murray MacKay Bridges - the former of course being the one in the foreground. Do you realise that what with the fare of the crossing I had to lash out all of $1:50 to take this photograph? I hope you all appreciate the lengths to which I am prepared to go in order to keep my audience happy.

What with the $1:50 ferry fare and that truck magazine the other day, I hope that you lot are all flaming grateful. You ought to be.

And that reminds me, talking of gratitude. If you are enjoying your virtual tour around Halifax, I wonder if you would mind giving consideration to making your next Amazon purchases via the links at the side of the page. You pay no extra for your products but I receive 4% commission on the sale and that goes a long way towards helping me defray the expenses of the web hosting.


canadian naval dockyard ferry to dartmouth Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

Last night I took a couple of photographs of the naval dockyard from up on the MacDonald Bridge, as I am sure that you might recall. The ferry upon which we are sailing actually goes right past the dockyard and so there's a good opportunity to take a photo from down at ground-level.

With ferries such as this passing so close to unguarded military installations such as the Naval Dockyard, doesn't it make a total mockery of all of these so-called "security measures" with which the Western World is currently afflicted?. Two kids' toy radio-controlled boats launched from off the ferry, one to breach the torpedo net and the other to pass through the gap and attack a ship. It would be all over in 30 seconds.

And it's nice to see that the Canadian Government and Armed Farces are regular readers of these pages, and that they take not of what is being said about them, for not even a couple of months after this page first went on line, the net was dismantled . "Mussels and kelp weighing it down" they said. But what do you think that they have frogpersons for? Any excuse if you ask me.


alderney landing ferry to dartmouth ferry terminal Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

That is Dartmouth over there, or more precisely, it is the Alderney Landing. This is the terminal of this particular ferry. It's called the Alderney Landing by the way because it is said to be the site where the Alderney, one of the earliest emigration ships - tied up.

There is another ferry, by the way, that travels across the harbour. It goes from the Halifax terminal down to the Woodside Landing on the Dartmouth side.

Mentioning Woodside reminds me of the days when I used to hang around in Birkenhead and was a regular passenger on the Woodside Ferry across the Mersey. I can see quite a few similarities between this ferry and the old Mersey Ferries, but also many differences. Take the water for instance - here it's a nice bright blue, not a thick murky brown.

There used to be an old saying in Birkenhead, something along the lines of
"what is the difference between a new penny and the River Mersey?"
"Well, a new penny is shiny bright".


ferry to dartmouth Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

There's a railway line in Dartmouth although it no longer has any passenger services. There's an interesting couple of locomotives parked up there where, presumably, the passenger station might once have been.

I know very little about North American diesel locomotives, although I am learning fast, and so after consulting my Jane's Train Recognition Guide I reckon that these might be two of the 254 General Motors type GP38-2 diesels owned by Canadian railways.


ferry to dartmouth Halifax waterfront view nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

While I was waiting for the ferry back across the harbour later on on the afternoon, I had some time to take another photo of Halifax, its waterfront and all of the modern construction up there at the business end of the city.

Even though I'm opposed to this kind of construction, I have to admit that there is a certain grandeur about it all when seen from a distance such as this, especially with an open view such as across water or across a park.


AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!

When I set out on my travels this morning, about 100 years ago, I pointed out to you a rather large container ship tied up at the quayside in the Bedford Basin. I drew your attention to the owners of the vessel and told you that there was a story behind her.

atlantic conveyor ferry to dartmouth Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

Anyway, as we are boarding the ferry to take us back to Halifax, there she goes, steaming past us at quite a rapid rate of knots. And this seems to me to be a good time to tell you her story.

She's owned by Atlantic Containers Limited and she is called the Atlantic Conveyor. Now while this particular ship might not be so famous, her predecessor certainly is. That ship was of course called Atlantic Conveyor, and it was she that was "called up" by the British Armed Farces to be used as their supply ship during the Falklands War.

Of course, being a supply ship, she immediately became the prime target of quite a large amount of Argy-Bargy and she eventually sank in flames, taking most of the British supplies and a number of her crew with her.


atlantic conveyor mcnabs island ferry to dartmouth Halifax nova scotia canada october octobre 2010

Now that you know the little story of the previous Atlantic Conveyor, we can watch her successor take to the high seas.

The route that she took out of the harbour was interesting, and I was watching it intently. She passed to the left of George Island and then to the right of McNab Island. I was rather hoping that the large container ship that I had noticed from up on the bridge a little earlier would come steaming into the harbour at the same moment. I would have liked to have seen if she would pass into the harbour via the other channel or whether we would have another Imo-Mont Blanc incident. But I suppose that discretion was the better part of valour and that other ship remained outside.

That was disappointing. A major naval incident right under the lens of my camera would have been something quite exciting.



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