• GALLERY: San Francisco  Fleet week

    GALLERY: San Francisco Fleet week

    30th April 2023

    The annual Fleet Week in San Francisco in early October 2022 is the highlight of the maritime calendar in Northern California, and consists of the largest parade of ships on the West Coast. The Fleet enters the Bay under the…

  • GALLERY: The Port of Hamburg

    GALLERY: The Port of Hamburg

    6th February 2023

    The Port of Hamburg is the third busiest port in Europe (after Rotterdam and Antwerp) and 15th largest in the world. For the shipspotter it is an excellent place to see a wide variety of ships. The Panama-flagged container ship…

  • GALLERY: Thames Estuary shipping

    GALLERY: Thames Estuary shipping

    16th November 2022

    The Thames Estuary has always been busy with shipping of all shapes and sizes visiting London and the various wharves along the river. Peter Flack supplied a series of images showing container ships that called in the 1980s. The 19,095gt…

  • GALLERY: Adsteam Marine tugs

    GALLERY: Adsteam Marine tugs

    10th November 2022

    In May 2001 Adsteam Marine acquired Howard Smith Towing in the UK, with Smith having taken over Alexandra Towing in 1992. Adsteam lasted only six years, until April 2007, when they were taken over by Svitzer. Phil Kempsey supplied photos…

  • GALLERY: Kiel Canal

    GALLERY: Kiel Canal

    17th October 2022

    The Kiel Canal, built between 1887 and 1895, links Brunsbüttel, near Cuxhaven, with Holtenau, near Kiel. It is 160m wide, 61 miles long and is spanned by seven bridges, with ships up to 235.5m by 32.5m in size able to…

  • GALLERY: The Irish Sea ferry scene

    GALLERY: The Irish Sea ferry scene

    7th October 2022

    The busy Irish Sea ferry scene was captured by David Fairclough during August and September. A variety of freight and passenger vessels cross the Sea, from Heysham, Liverpool and Birkenhead, heading to Dublin, Belfast and Warrenpoint.   The 2007-built Seatruck Panorama…

  • GALLERY: Shipping in Rotterdam

    GALLERY: Shipping in Rotterdam

    5th October 2022

    Rotterdam, with its associated quays, docks and harbours, is probably the busiest port in the world. This selection of photos by Netherlands-based J.M. Kakebeeke shows some of the many ships calling at the major European port a few years ago.…

  • GALLERY: Shipping in the Caribbean

    GALLERY: Shipping in the Caribbean

    1st October 2022

    Shipping in the Caribbean is a mix of old and new, as many old British, German, and Dutch coasters and ferries made their way to the Islands at the end of their working lives. While these vessels are still in…

  • GALLERY: Greek hydrofoils

    GALLERY: Greek hydrofoils

    27th September 2022

    Hydrofoil operations around the world are unusual, but John Pagni photographed some of these vessels operating in Greek waters. Hellenic Seaways’ Flying Dolphin 19 speeding back to Piraeus following a Saronic Gulf round trip calling at Aegina, Poros, Ermioni, Porto Heli,…

  • GALLERY: Ships on the St Lawrence

    GALLERY: Ships on the St Lawrence

    21st September 2022

    The late historian and photographer Gordon Turner, of Toronto, spent many years photographing ships on the St Lawrence River, capturing the unique bridge-forward-designed ‘Lakers’ coming down from the Great Lakes, as well as cruise ships and container vessels. This selection…

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