Balmoral Cruise Ship and Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour Panorama, Western Heights, Kent, UK

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John Latter on December 23, 2009

The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship, "Balmoral", berthed at Dover's Admiralty Pier on Saturday, 19th of December, 2009, prior to leaving on a 2 night mini-cruise, BL0923, to Amsterdam, Holland (Netherlands) (presumably for Christmas shopping!).

For 'Ship Information' and a history of the Balmoral, see the Zoomed photo of the Balmoral at the Admiralty Pier photo.

This winter view was taken from the access road leading to the Commando Tunnel entrance of the Drop Redoubt moats (1). In the foreground is the barbed-wire fence of Drop Redoubt Road which leads to the Grand Shaft triple-staircase (1).

A description of the Balmoral from a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines webpage:

Carrying 1350 passengers the Balmoral is certainly the grandest ship of our fleet, yet still compact enough to offer our trademark intimate, homely atmosphere. The Balmoral offers 710 elegant comfortable cabins, world-class cuisine and diverse onboard activities (also see Balmoral Reviews).

The snow-covered concrete apron below the Balmoral was once Dover's hoverport used by hovercraft zipping to-and-fro across the English Channel.

On the left-hand edge of the apron is the Clock Tower.

The Tidal Harbour is below the apron, bounded on its lower side by Crosswall Jetty, the Dover Lifeboat station, and on its upper side by Dolphin Hard Jetty (see the Heltborg photo).

Somewhat obscured by trees further down the mid-foreground slope are boats in Granville Dock, which lies on this side of Crosswall Jetty.

The squat five-storey cream-coloured building on the right-hand side of the photograph used to be the Lord Warden Hotel; to its left are structures of the old railway Marine Station.

(1) The Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft are owned by English Heritage; they are part of an extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defence system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover, England.

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John Latter on August 8, 2010

The Balmoral is also shown in the Panorama of the English Channel from the snow-covered Western Heights photo, taken the same day as the one above.

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship at Sunrise in the Western Entrance (Monday, 26th of July 2010)

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship nearing the Prince of Wales Pier (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Tanker, Admiralty Pier (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

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Click to see other Panoramic views of Dover.

John Latter on February 4, 2013

The Commando Tunnel entrance to the Drop Redoubt moat system is also known as the "Engineer's Tunnel".

John Latter on March 28, 2013

The small object to the left of the dark building in the centre of the Hoverport apron is:

A Lone Propeller, Last Symbol of the Hovercraft, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

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  • Uploaded on December 23, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/12/19 15:02:34
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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