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Ships and boats

Steve Stamford | Simple sailboat

Simple sailboat

This delightful image consists of just one sailboat, bobbing about on the sea, Beaumaris in Wales. Thoughtfully composed the mast is exactly on the centre line and the horizon sits beautifully on the thirds to create a simple, yet sophisticated image.
Steve Stamford | Burnham Staithe LN156

Burnham Staithe LN156

The boat LN156 at low tide, Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk leaning over at a sedate angle as she rests on the sand. Many small boats rest in this small creek patiently waiting for the returning tide.
Steve Stamford | Sailing boat Wagtail

Sailing boat Wagtail

A beautiful little sailing boat Wagtail on the sand at Overy Staithe, North Norfolk, Burnham Overy Staithe
Steve Stamford | Burnham Staithe Welcome Messenger

Burnham Staithe Welcome Messenger

The boat Welcome Messenger at low tide, Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk her mast leaning over at a sedate angle as she rests on the sand. Many small boats rest in this small creek patiently waiting for the returning tide.
Steve Stamford | At anchor

At anchor

A small rowing boat attached to an anchor at low tide. A very shallow depth of field draws the viewer into the image.
Steve Stamford | Fishing boat returns

Fishing boat returns

A small fishing boat returns to harbour - a collection of gulls circle in the hope of a free meal
Steve Stamford | Lightship Sula 1

Lightship Sula 1

The Sula (originally called LV14) was built in 1958 and moored at Spurn sandbank in the Humber estuary until 1985. She is registered as an historic vessel and is one of the best preserved lightships in the world.
Steve Stamford | Lightship Sula 2

Lightship Sula 2

The Sula (originally called LV14) was built in 1958 and moored at Spurn sandbank in the Humber estuary until 1985. She is registered as an historic vessel and is one of the best preserved lightships in the world.
Steve Stamford | Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos

Tall ship Stavros S Niarchos

The 200ft Stavros S Niarchos, a tall sailing ship in Albert dock, Liverpool
Steve Stamford | Trawler FY 830 Atlantis

Trawler FY 830 Atlantis

The Atlantis - FY 830 is a trawler based at Looe in Cornwall. Built of steel in 2,000, just under 10m in length and a registered tonnage of 11.79. Seen here dockside and treated to a little colour popping.
Steve Stamford | Sailing coble Lady J mono

Sailing coble Lady J mono

Image of the clinker built boat on the sand at Whitby. The coble is a particular design that can be seen along the east coast.
Steve Stamford | CMS Warrior Tug

CMS Warrior Tug

The tug you see here is CMS Warrior and was doing battle with some pretty strong winds on the Mersey with added rain and hail. Weighing in at a little over 160 tonnes she is a Damen ASD 3210 and one of the vessels operated by Clyde Marine Services
Steve Stamford | Smit Barbados Tug

Smit Barbados Tug

The tug Smit Barbados does battle with headwinds on the River Mersey. Built in 2007 and weighing in at a mere 294 tonnes she's a comparative lightweight and is classified as a harbour tug.
Steve Stamford | Dazzle Ship

Dazzle Ship

Whilst on land camouflage is an attempt to blend in with your surroundings, on sea confusing 'Dazzle' paint was tried. The idea was the whacky shapes and colours caused confusion for the gun aimers. This ship - Edmund Gardner was a pilot vessel and was painted like this by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez as a modern art piece. These days of course the computers do not care what colour the target is.
Steve Stamford | Ermol 6

Ermol 6

Ermol 6 is one of the dolphin watch trip boats operated by the aptly named Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips at New Quay in wales. Seen here as it has just left the harbour on its way out on a cruise.
Steve Stamford | Rope on the tiller

Rope on the tiller

Several turns of white rope neatly around a polished wooded tiller on a boat at Overy Staith.
Steve Stamford | Open

Open

The handle of a lifeboat with clear instructions on how to open
Steve Stamford | Aldeburgh Lifeboat

Aldeburgh Lifeboat

The RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat on its carriage and ready for the call to action.
Steve Stamford | Lifeboat bow

Lifeboat bow

An RNLI lifeboat on its carriage and ready for the call to action.
Steve Stamford | Frosty ropes

Frosty ropes

A hard frost has settled upon the front mooring rope of a narrowboat, the white contrasting strongly against the bright colours of the boat.
Steve Stamford | Lightship Sula 3

Lightship Sula 3

The Sula (originally called LV14) was built in 1958 and moored at Spurn sandbank in the Humber estuary until 1985. She is registered as an historic vessel and is one of the best preserved lightships in the world.
Steve Stamford | Duke of Lancaster 4

Duke of Lancaster 4

The Duke of Lancaster, originally a cruise ship for up to 1,800 passengers ended up on the Welsh coast with plans for it to be used for a variety of leisure activities. Known to many as The Fun Ship the plan met prolonged and sustained opposition from local authorities and in the end the owner gave up and here the ship lies to this day. The graffiti was added by several artists over several years with the permission of the owner. I hold a CAA Permit for Commercial Operation to fly and sell work from my drone. Copy of licence is available on request.
Steve Stamford | Duke of Lancaster 2

Duke of Lancaster 2

The Duke of Lancaster, originally a cruise ship for up to 1,800 passengers ended up on the Welsh coast with plans for it to be used for a variety of leisure activities. Known to many as The fun ship the plan met prolonged and sustained opposition from local authorities and in the end the owner gave up and here the ship lies to this day. The graffiti was added by several artists over several years with the permission of the owner. I hold a CAA Permit for Commercial Operation to fly and sell work from my drone. Copy of licence is available on request.
Steve Stamford | Duke of Lancaster 3

Duke of Lancaster 3

The Duke of Lancaster, originally a cruise ship for up to 1,800 passengers ended up on the Welsh coast with plans for it to be used for a variety of leisure activities. Known to many as The Fun Ship the plan met prolonged and sustained opposition from local authorities and in the end the owner gave up and here the ship lies to this day. The graffiti was added by several artists over several years with the permission of the owner. I hold a CAA Permit for Commercial Operation to fly and sell work from my drone. Copy of licence is available on request.
Steve Stamford | Burnham Staithe Jonathan James

Burnham Staithe Jonathan James

The boat Jonathan James at low tide, Burnham Overy Staithe, North Norfolk waiting patiently on the sand for the return of the sea.
Steve Stamford | Trawler in a storm

Trawler in a storm

An original image of the trawler Sarb J of mine and a digital storm created by Jay Lethbridge. The trawler did indeed end up on the rocks after it got snarled in its own nets.
Steve Stamford | Duke of Lancaster 3

Duke of Lancaster 3

The Duke of Lancaster, originally a cruise ship for up to 1,800 passengers ended up on the Welsh coast with plans for it to be used for a variety of leisure activities. Known to many as The Fun Ship the plan met prolonged and sustained opposition from local authorities and in the end the owner gave up and here the ship lies to this day. The graffiti was added by several artists over several years with the permission of the owner. I hold a CAA Permit for Commercial Operation to fly and sell work from my drone. Copy of licence is available on request.
Steve Stamford | Lelystad 2

Lelystad 2

The Lelystad is a suction dredger currently sailing under the flag of the Netherlands. Seen here approaching Liverpool via Perch Rock on a high tide and significant winds.
Steve Stamford | Coming home

Coming home

A rather smart sailing yacht approaching Fowey on a sunny summer day.
Steve Stamford | Lelystad 1

Lelystad 1

The Lelystad is a suction dredger currently sailing under the flag of the Netherlands. Seen here approaching Liverpool via Perch Rock on a high tide and significant winds.
Steve Stamford | Unnamed wreck

Unnamed wreck

At Dulas on Anglesey in Wales there is an expansive area that dries out at low tide and this abandoned ship sits, slowly rotting. Despite many hours (and several friends) trying to find out what it was called it remains, to me at least - the unnamed wreck.
Steve Stamford | Little blue boat

Little blue boat

Once upon a time this little boat was someone's dream, now sadly neglected and seemingly unloved.
Steve Stamford | Boats moored at Thurne

Boats moored at Thurne

Despite being known as on the Norfolk Broads the village of Thurne is actually in Suffolk. It is possibly most famous for its well maintained wind pump (not mill) which you can see here peeking out above the row of moored boats.
Steve Stamford | Corpach Wreck mono

Corpach Wreck mono

Or to be more precise the wreck of the MV Dayspring at Caol. Built in 1975 as a shipping vessel in 2011 in a storm it broke moorings and ended up here at Caol yet for some reason is known as the Corpach wreck.
Steve Stamford | Corpach Wreck bow

Corpach Wreck bow

Or to be more precise the wreck of the MV Dayspring at Caol. Built in 1975 as a shipping vessel in 2011 in a storm it broke moorings and ended up here at Caol yet for some reason is known as the Corpach wreck.
Steve Stamford | Corpach Wreck stern

Corpach Wreck stern

Or to be more precise the wreck of the MV Dayspring at Caol. Built in 1975 as a shipping vessel in 2011 in a storm it broke moorings and ended up here at Caol yet for some reason is known as the Corpach wreck. Ben Nevis is for once not entirely shrouded in cloud.
Steve Stamford | Beinn Nibheis and Helen Mary

Beinn Nibheis and Helen Mary

Seen here at Ullapool are the Beinn Nibhies (a salmon de-lousing vessel) and Helen Mary, a multi function vessel operated by Inverlussa Marine Services.
Steve Stamford | Helen Mary

Helen Mary

Seen here at Ullapool is the Helen Mary, a multi function vessel operated by Inverlussa Marine Services.
Steve Stamford | Silver Cloud WK80 portrait

Silver Cloud WK80 portrait

Seen here at Gairloch in Scotland is WK80 Silver Cloud, a wooden trawler built in 1972. An original image of mine with a sky replacement in Skylum.
Steve Stamford | RNLB lifeboat

RNLB lifeboat

The RNLB Julian and Margaret Leonard at Lochinver. Put into service in 2003 this is one of the RNLB's Severn Class lifeboats - the largest they operate with a working range of 50 miles.
Steve Stamford | Vital Spark portrait

Vital Spark portrait

On the dock side at Inveraray. I am sure there are many boats called Vital Spark, but as soon as I saw this one I was reminded there was a TV series (two in fact) based on the adventures of a boat called Vital Spark. No idea if this is the same vessel - but the bright red against the otherwise dull, misty setting caught my eye
Steve Stamford | Sailing coble Lady J

Sailing coble Lady J

Image of the clinker built boat on the sand at Whitby. The coble is a particular design that can be seen along the east coast.
Steve Stamford | Fishing boat K2 E63

Fishing boat K2 E63

The fishing vessel K2 registered as E63 is a 9.27 metre fishing boat registered at Eyenesham (hence E63) seen here in Whitby harbour.
Steve Stamford | Our Kathleen RX435

Our Kathleen RX435

On the shingle at Dungeness a collection of boats long past their prime are slowly returning to nature, day by day, storm by storm, winter by winter.
Steve Stamford | Even keel

Even keel

An abandoned clinker built boat sits on the shingle at Dungeness. The metal keel plate is to protect the boat as it is hauled up onto the beach.
Steve Stamford | On the pull

On the pull

This scene was captured on the shingle beach of Dungeness and features an old winch and possibly even older boat, both now a little past their glory days.
Steve Stamford | Faded memories

Faded memories

With its name, once proudly displayed now faded to the point of being unreadable, this boat sits in quiet dignity slowly returning to nature.
Steve Stamford | RX435 Our Kathleen

RX435 Our Kathleen

On the shingle at Dungeness a collection of boats long past their prime are slowly returning to nature, day by day, storm by storm, winter by winter.
Steve Stamford | The Jeniray

The Jeniray

This clinker built boat was named after the owner (Ray) and his wife (Jenny). Sadly Ray passed away some years ago and the boat now sits on the shingle slowly returning to nature.
Steve Stamford | Looking stern

Looking stern

The stern of a clinker built boat slowly decaying on the beach at Dungeness in Kent.
Steve Stamford | Sailing barge Cambria

Sailing barge Cambria

Seen here at Pin Mill I Suffolk the Cambria was the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial load entirely by sail. Built in 1906 she has undergone major restoration and now operates as a training vessel and enters barge races.
Steve Stamford | Stena Nordica 2

Stena Nordica 2

On the regular run between Liverpool and Ireland the Nordica is seen here pushing its way through the waves past the dockside cranes on a blustery summer day.
Steve Stamford | Seatruck Panorama

Seatruck Panorama

Leaving Liverpool docks and just passing Perch Rock lighthouse Seatruck Panorama is seen here pushing its way through some wind whipped wave son its way to Ireland.
Steve Stamford | Lifeboat jump

Lifeboat jump

RNLB RIB Pride of Leicester B788 based at Staithes jumping the wake from another lifeboat.
Steve Stamford | Polruan Ferry

Polruan Ferry

This little boat, Lady Diana operates a regular passenger ferry service between Fowey and Polruan. This ferry, along with the nearby Bodinnick vehicle ferry are operated by the same family business, C Tom & son.
Steve Stamford | Charlestown port

Charlestown port

In Cornwall, just outside St Austell is Charlestown which is now sealed from the water but kept in water by an incoming stream, the overflow going over the top of the end wall and into the extremely small harbour.
Steve Stamford | Newquay harbour

Newquay harbour

The attractive harbour at Newquay, Cornwall is home to many small vessels, some seals and a great many tourists.
Steve Stamford | Excelsior

Excelsior

Built in 1990 and weighing in at a fraction over 6 tonnes the Excelsior is a UK flagged fishing vessel seen here at Newquay, Cornwall.
Steve Stamford | Mystique

Mystique

The small fishing boat Mystique takes a small party out on a coastal trip from Newquay harbour, Cornwall
Steve Stamford | Excalibur II

Excalibur II

The Excalibur II is a small (6m) fibreglass fishing vessel seen here at Newquay harbour.
Steve Stamford | Loch Seaforth Ferry

Loch Seaforth Ferry

Seen here at Ullapool, Scotland the Loch Seaforth (Loch Siophort) operates the route from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. This is not the first ferry to bear the name, this one was christened in 2014.
Steve Stamford | Moored at Ullapool

Moored at Ullapool

A trio of fishing vessels, UL3 Headway, UL222 Zenith and UL27 Challenger safely moored at Ullapool, Scotland.
Steve Stamford | Vital Spark landscape

Vital Spark landscape

On the dock side at Inveraray. I am sure there are many boats called Vital Spark, but as soon as I saw this one I was reminded there was a TV series (two in fact) based on the adventures of a boat called Vital Spark. No idea if this is the same vessel - but the bright red against the otherwise dull, misty setting caught my eye.
Steve Stamford | Lochinver harbour

Lochinver harbour

In the lovely little harbour at Lochinver these two vessels, Olivia (UL100) and Pursuit (WK83) seek refuge.
Steve Stamford | Summer Queen at Whitby

Summer Queen at Whitby

Whitby is a very popular tourist destination in the UK. Famous for the abbey, 199 steps, Dracula and goths. Here we see the Summer Queen, one of the many vessels offering boat trips.
Steve Stamford | Pentland Venture

Pentland Venture

Pentland Venture serves not only as a ferry but also offers a selection of wildlife cruises which are worth every penny. The skipper is superbly able and gets you scarily close to the scenery.
Steve Stamford | Salen wrecks Pavonia and Mint, mono

Salen wrecks Pavonia and Mint, mono

Pavonia (nearest to the slipway) was originally WK53 and later re-registered as HL114. The boat to the right was known at various times as Mint BF300, Wistaria OB327, and finally Elsie May) and worked out of Oban in the late 60s to early 70s. Now they sit, slowly decaying and possibly one of the most photographed things on the isle of Mull, Scotland. This image is also available in clour.
Steve Stamford | Stroma Stalker

Stroma Stalker

On the small island of Stroma is a slipway where the Stalker now sits. At one time used to move animals and supplies between Stroma and the mainland now Stroma is uninhabited the Stalker sits unloved and unused.
Steve Stamford | Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova

Having left Troon harbour the Ocean Nova heads south down the Firth of Clyde crossing a setting sun.
Steve Stamford | Academus and Moyuna

Academus and Moyuna

Safely in harbour we have BA817 Acadamus and CY839 Moyana. Fishing remains an extremely important way of life In Scotland.
Steve Stamford | Gaelic Rose dive boat

Gaelic Rose dive boat

Built in 1960 originally as a fishing vessel the Gaelic Rose is now operated as a dive vessel operating from Oban and working the west coast of Scotland.
Steve Stamford | Corpach Wreck stars

Corpach Wreck stars

Or to be more precise the wreck of the MV Dayspring at Caol. Built in 1975 as a shipping vessel in 2011 in a storm it broke moorings and ended up here at Caol yet for some reason is known as the Corpach wreck. This is a composite of 2 of my original images.
Steve Stamford | Maryport harbour

Maryport harbour

Maryport in Cumbria is a small but active harbour, marina and fishing port, home to a small selection of vessels, a fish market and several tourist attractions. Here we see a small selection of some of the boats that call it home.