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Breathe in!

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 20 May 2013 in Transportation and Portfolio.

MSC Magnifica having just sailed past South Shields is carefully turned around just opposite the Nissan terminal in Jarrow. There were literally a few feet to spare at either end (on the high tide) as the three little tugs pushed and pulled to get her in the correct position to sail back down the river.

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PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture

20 May 2013 5:06am

@PATRICK: Thank you

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I like the composition, with the cars , very nicely framed

20 May 2013 6:46am

@Christine: Actually it's quite fascinating to see all of these new cars being driven on to their own ships for transportation to Rotterdam, you wonder how they squeeze them all in.

Yvonne Simons (:|:) from Tilburg, Netherlands

The weather is beautiful in South Shields! Here the same :-(

20 May 2013 8:39am

@Yvonne Simons (:|:): It has been worse over the past couple of days, absolutely torrential rain.

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

interesting to watch all these difficult maneuvers to be carried (not sure about maneuvers....operation ?)

20 May 2013 9:47am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Tug boat guys probably haven't worked that hard in a long time:)

20 May 2013 10:43am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

That is massive - incredible sight

20 May 2013 11:03am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Those tugs, and their pilots can do amazing things

20 May 2013 11:24am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture

20 May 2013 11:35am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great shot of this floating "city"! Stands out beautifully against the ominous sky. Interesting to hear how they are able to fit into such tight spaces.

20 May 2013 12:05pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Catchy image! Tight parallel parking issue. What a bulky big ship against a serious sky.

20 May 2013 12:16pm

franz from Baden, Austria

great atmospheric mood here over those stately ships ...
what interests me is why did she sail upriver in the first place? what's there to see?!? (sorry, i don't want to step on any patriotic feet here ... ;-)

20 May 2013 12:34pm

@franz: Nothing to see at all up there really, but they needed to find a large enough expanse of water to turn her around and face the right way for the outward journey. She couldn't sail out of the river backwards :-)

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Great composition! I love this ominous sky and the contrasts btween blue and white in the frame!

20 May 2013 1:21pm

pete from blue mountains, Australia

the ship stands out well against the threatening sky...

20 May 2013 1:56pm

Devi from Chennai, India

With all those cars the ship looks great :-)

20 May 2013 3:37pm

jean pierre from paris, France

sacré hotel flottant!! amitié

20 May 2013 5:12pm

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Nice shot. Great mood.

20 May 2013 5:37pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Thats a big bad boy to be there.

20 May 2013 5:44pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Great point of view to see how large that ship is.

20 May 2013 5:53pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide avec ce ciel, magnifique composition. Bonne soirée.

20 May 2013 7:30pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing, they get them into a tight gap

20 May 2013 8:02pm

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom


20 May 2013 8:06pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain


20 May 2013 8:45pm

David from Scotland, United Kingdom

Very impressive.

20 May 2013 10:08pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A floating city. Lovely shot.

20 May 2013 10:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image!

21 May 2013 1:13am

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Amazing - I am always impressed with the size of the tour boats.

21 May 2013 1:41am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Like a really massive apartment building of luxury, what a life !~

22 May 2013 10:15am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Unbelievably huge!

22 May 2013 7:09pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent series Curly. The B/W being the cream of the crop in my opinion

23 May 2013 5:07pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

You reply to Franz answered my question, but it's still puzzling as to why the stopped there, unless people embarked to tour South Shields.

25 May 2013 1:52pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This image reminds me to tell you that I haven't been around lately because I just spent 2 weeks in Europe on a cruise from Italy to Spain. Lots of photos to comb through now.

25 May 2013 3:24pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Nissan terminal? Are all those cars...Nissans?

27 May 2013 6:17am

1/500 second
ISO 200
30 mm