MV Braemar Cruise Ship, DHB Dauntless Tug, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 10, 2010

The MV Braemar reversing past CT3 and CT2 (Cruise Terminals 3 and 2) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour's Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

The Braemar is about to berth at CT1 where she was photographed during an earlier visit to Dover on Tuesday, 11th of May, 2010: MV Braemar at Cruise Terminal 1. The DHB Dauntless is a Dover Harbour Board tug (photo not yet available).

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.29 am on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The lighthouse in the photo itself is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

I must admit, this is one of my favourite ship images - I think it looks more like a painting than a photo (especially the larger version).

Already in port at Cruise Terminal 2 when the Braemar arrived was the MS Eurodam (part of the bow of the Eurodam can be seen behind the Braemar's stern in the above photo, and the whole ship is shown in MS Eurodam in the Western Entrance).

The Braemar and the Eurodam were soon to be joined by the MS Saga Prince II who berthed at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1).

The Braemar sailed from Dover later in the day on the 29th of May for a Baltic Seas cruise. At the time of writing (Monday, 7th of June), the ship has so far called at Copenhagen (Denmark), Turku (Finland), Helsinki (Finland), and St. Petersburg (Russia). The ship is due to return to Dover on Friday, 11th of June.

Previously, the Braemar had departed Dover on the 20th of May for a 9-night "Around the UK" cruise which called at: Dartmouth, Isles of Scilly, Dublin (Eire), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Stornoway (Isle of Lewis, Scotland), Kirkwall (Scotland), Invergordon (Scotland), and then back to Dover when the above photo was taken.

During her recent major refit and lengthening in 2008, Braemar added over eighty passenger cabins and suites with balconies, bringing the standard occupancy up to 929. Voted 'The Best Refurbished Ship' in Cruise Critic's 'Editor's Pick Awards' 2009, she is also the second Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship to feature a pub, which, on occasion, offers entertainment in the form of a late night comedian or jazz. (1)

Ship's details (1) (2):

Cabins: 484

Passenger: 929 Standard Occupancy

Crew: 371

Refitted: 2008

Fully Stablised: Yes

Tonnage: 24,344 grt

Length: 195.92 m

Beam (width): 22.5 m

Speed: 17.0 knots

IMO: 9000699

Callsign: C6SY7

Flag: Bahamas [BS]

The vessel was constructed in 1993 for Crown Cruise Line, operating under the name Crown Dynasty. Between 1993 and 1997, the vessel was also charted by Cunard Line, who named the ship Cunard Crown Dynasty.

In 1997, the vessel was transferred to Majesty Cruise Line, who renamed her Crown Majesty. This only lasted until the end of 1997, when the vessel was transferred again; this time to Norwegian Cruise Line, who renamed the vessel Norwegian Dynasty.

The vessel returned to her original fleet and name in 1999, but was sold to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2001, where the vessel currently operates under the name Braemar. (3)

Another Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, the Balmoral, was berthed at CT1 on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010.

(1) Fred Olsen Braemar information page

(2) Marine Traffic MS Braemar information page

(3) Wikipedia entry for Braemar

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Diego De Conca on June 10, 2010

Wow very dynamic and powerful! Greetings, D.

John Latter on June 10, 2010

d-ego, on June 10, 2010, said:

Wow very dynamic and powerful! Greetings, D.

I'm pleased you like it, Diego - I've been taking photos of ships for nearly two months now and this is definitely my favourite (so far!).

John

John Latter on June 11, 2010

John Latter, on June 10th, 2010, said:

The Braemar and the Eurodam were soon to be joined by the MS Saga Prince II who berthed at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1).

It should read "Cruise Terminal 3 (CT3)". Click to see the photo:

The MS Saga Prince II at CT3

John Latter on July 16, 2010

Click to see the the MV Braemar Cruise Ship and Admiralty Pier Light photo.

It was taken at 4.48 pm on Thursday, 1st of July, 2010, and is the first Cruise Ship photo I've taken from the Admiralty Pier.

John Latter on July 20, 2010

A new tag: click to see all photos featuring Tugs.

John Latter on July 22, 2010

John Latter, on June 10, 2010, said:

The DHB Dauntless is a Dover Harbour Board tug (photo not yet available).

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.29 am on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The lighthouse in the photo itself is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

Click to see the new Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse, DHB Dauntless, and Admiralty Pier Light photos.

John Latter on December 5, 2012

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

MS Braemar Cruise Ship (MMSI 311541000)

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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  • Uploaded on June 10, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/29 06:29:39
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash

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