#fowc #compass

Crafted over time for those

On the seven seas to

Move across areas of charts

Positioned to cross from

Areas of land in the north to island in the

South, enabling prospectors to

Sail in the search for treasure



#Strongwinds #Storm #Fishing #Acrostic #Sailing

Someone got a wild idea, while the waves hit the harbour wall

There’s fish for the taking! so out they went. travelling

Over every high wave and breaker

Reality ? the fish they caught – though many, were

Mightily small – hardly good enough for the ships cat.

Canalside Transport Travel

Things with the Letter N

#CFFC #LetterN #Photography

We begin with something Nautical – the Manchester Ship Canal

(or as we now know it – Salford Quays)


The various waterways are connected by a series of footbridges for Navigation around the quayside.

Located in the Northwest of England the basins are still used by ships and boats at certain times of the year.   Everything from Royal Navy and Merchant Navy vessels to Narrowboats which use the waterway as part of their navigation of the canal network


I like the narrowboats as they’re painted to the owners original design.

Salford Quays has its own narrowboat named after the painter LS Lowry, and it does cruises up and down the Canal network.

Elements Nature Poetry Sea Sport Sports Water Weather



force of nature

turning tides

moving sails

of mighty mariners


coming from all directions

moving.ears of corn from left to right

making musical sounds in the reeds

heard by animals in the fields


Force harnessed by the sportsman

taking the tide as a challenge

riding the wind with colourful silks

and cutting through water on board with sails


Ode to a Kite

Northerly and westerly

Life Memories Poetry Sailing Sea

Out to Sea


Salford, 6th July 2017


A reminiscence

Out on the great waters of the Irish sea

Seventy two feet of ocean going vessel

designed by a master boatman


Water moving over the hull of the ship

together moving sails to continue the trip

following course – given by the skipper

adventures i’d dreamt of when i were a nipper


Eight novice shipmates with Four Able crew

visiting harbours – some old, and new

steering a course , to places ahead

reaching the dock – before heading for bed

Colours Navy World War I World War II

Navy Blue


Navy Anchor c/o


Navy ?

A Nautical colour

Very respected as the colour of the senior service

Yachts to Dreadnoughts – are adorned in it


North to South – Compass bearings

Are used to navigate

Vessels through dangerous waters –

Yomping through ice and hiding from the enemy


Naval Company Colours

Anchored off the shoreline are

Very Dark in Colour – when not in camouflage

Yet Revered by all who wear it.


Note, however though all men on ship wear the colour

An officer, wears slightly darker

Verifying his rank on the vessel

Year upon Year


Acrostic Myths Sailing Tale



Taken from merchant ships, by

Rascals of the seven seas

Every pirate worth their salty sea legs

Admires the prize of jewels, silver and gold doubloons

Some keep their precious horde hidden

Under tropical sands , deserted shores – only

Revealed many moons later by a younger

Explorer, following the pirates charts and maps

Acrostic Poetry Sailing



Sent to put fear up the most hardy of crewmen

The wind and rain combine to create an almighty concoction

Onward gales gather in the sheets of a ships sails

Raging waves collide against the hull

Maybe, it wasn’t so wise to set sail tonight after all.

Growing up Memories Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors Sailing

Sailing into the Unknown


In response to the prompt –

A tale of youngsters on the ocean wave

I came across the Ocean Youth Club quite by chance.  I was helping out at my local parish church, St Josephs RC in Salford when the opportunity came about – provided by the RC Church and centre in the heart of Trafford Park

The crew consisted of Two trainees from the Cereal Factory (Kelloggs), Two from the Printworks and Four from various schools in the area.

I was filling in as the Trainee from St Anthony’s couldn’t attend – and so became part of the crew of the Greater Manchester Challenge – A 72 Foot Long Ketch – with Red Sails.

The one condition laid down by the skipper – because of my balance – if I could manage to climb into the Challenge – I was in.  Surprisingly – I did it.

I’d been on ferry boats before on the Irish sea to Dublin – and managed quite well, but it took a day or so to find my sea legs, The first days were ok as we took our positions and went down the North wales coast, the skipper put me on galley duties after a particularly choppy section out of Amlych heading toward the Isle of Man – the waves were playing havoc with my balance – but the second section was much better after my feet touched the Manx headland at peel…I did a papal stretch as I got at the quayside..My Miracle cure? – Burnt toast and Melted Butter.

As my confidence grew I helped lift the Mainsail with other members of the crew.

The hands looking after us on the boat were grateful for my knotting skills as we landed in Peel Harbour – I’d help lift the sails and tie booms to the side of the boat

Upon leaving Peel the challenge crew headed out across the second half of the Irish sea for Northern Ireland, where we were escorted part way by members of the border patrol out on duty.

When we got to Strangford Lough, there were clear skies and some lovely tranquil waters.

Another on deck lunch and a look round Strangford before night hit and we headed back across the Irish sea towards our final homeward destination – the North west welsh port of Holyhead.

We would go on this stretch by night and day to reach the port and was a really good way of finishing the expedition.  By the end of the voyage and landing at Holyhead we’d navigated 253 Nautical miles around the Irish sea and faced a Maximum wind speed of 7

Definitely do it again – given the chance, and an adventure well worth taking part in.

Canalside Industrial Museums Pleasures Transport Water Waterside


Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 26th February 2016

I Went on an excursion with some of the lads from Manchester’s IWM North today to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, where I learned about the canals and their heritage.  The journey involved a brief stop for provisions at the M56 Motorway Services.

I took along my DSC-H300 too – in order to take a few pictures to remind me of the day

There were several Interesting pieces on the Manchester Ship canal which we left to make our way to the museum, including items from the Dock Office as well as pictures and models of the boats.

After seeing some wonderful artefacts, I enjoyed a lovely cup of tea in the café to go with my packed lunch, before going on a fact filled trip on a Narrowboat down the Shropshire Union canal.



Nigel and Bill – Stand to Attention!


National waterways museum, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire