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Photographer:David Meare [View profile]Title:RauniAdded:Jul 09, 2012
Photo Category: Storm Pictures
Vessels outbound from the Elbe into a gale that had been blowing for a couple of days. The photo was taken about an hour or so away from the Elbe Pilot Vessel from the ST London Tradition on the 23rd May 1966.

Around 24 hours later I was on the Princess Beatrix crossing from the Hook to Harwich, going home.
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Dave Forbes on Jul 11, 2012 10:13 (6 years ago)
When I first seen this , I thought it was a very rare colour print of the Atlantic Convoys during WW2. It still is a rare capture.
TARBATNESS on Jul 10, 2012 11:41 (6 years ago)
Tony Conroy on Jul 09, 2012 23:25 (6 years ago)
Yes David, I can relate to the days of film cameras, most of my photos were pretty average, I would be lucky to get one or two good shots from a roll of film, but when you got it right it was worth it.
David Meare on Jul 09, 2012 23:07 (6 years ago)
You are so right. I can feel it still. They seemed to be racing by us and we were barrelling about going in the opposite direction. In the days of film cameras the real excitement came when Kodak sent the slides back and you found that the one shot you'd taken turned out to be spot on. I wish I'd had my Nikon D7000 then though. :)
Tony Conroy on Jul 09, 2012 22:10 (6 years ago)
I like this photo, must have been a great sight to see.

Working on the bridge as a radio operator certainly gave you great photo opportunities, lucky for us you used them well.
Gianpaolo on Jul 09, 2012 20:26 (6 years ago)
Great shot David
jadran on Jul 09, 2012 18:28 (6 years ago)
Who is first to cross the winning line of this race?
David Meare on Jul 09, 2012 14:50 (6 years ago)
Thanks Bent, Juergen,
I could make out the letters RAUNI but didn't know if they were the full name or part of one or more names that were in some part hidden by the water.
miraflores on Jul 09, 2012 13:22 (6 years ago)
Vessel in the background be a Kolpino-type


Bent Mikkelsen on Jul 09, 2012 12:19 (6 years ago)
The vessel closes to the photographer is not unknown. Even the name is visible on the photo in full screen: RAUNI. Finnish flag and former Danish as Spigerborg. IMO 533677 (Originally a Lloyds number) Built 1950 at Wm Gray at West Hartlepool. The second vessel is unknown to me, but a guess is that it is a French coal carrier and could have the name S.N.A. and a number
Bent Mikkelsen
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