Off the Perch Rock Lighthouse on the return part of her sea trials yesterday, Western Ferriess’ new Sound of Seil came back into the River Mersey from the Liverpool bar. As she came in past the Anglican Cathedral, the sun was behind me by the evening so these shots are a little better than the morning ones; and I’d have liked the tide to have been higher at the lighthouse – but you work with what’s there. She met Snowdrop, the Mersey Ferry… … and passed the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s Mananan.
She came into the river to perform a ‘measured mile’ between the stages (Seacombe & Woodside). They go as fast as they can and the time is taken between the stages. She swung round off Laird’s and if you look closely at the stern ramp, you can see Laird’s staff lined up.
It will be over to Sound of Soay next – and the plan appears to be that Seil will wait until Soay is ready and the pair will leave for the Clyde together.
Andy Mahon, DasBoot photography.
The photographs above are © Andy Mahon