Challenging conditions for the Dartmouth Lower Ferry

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by grebeman, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    With close to a SE gale blowing in from the sea the conditions for the Dartmouth Lower Ferry when landing on the Dartmouth side were very challenging today and the service was close to being suspended. There has been a ferry crossing here since the 1700's, today worked by a small pontoons capable of holding about 8 cars and driven by a tug lashed alongside. During the day both pontoons are in use passing one another mid stream, at quieter times just one is in use. The tugs are called Hauley IV and Hauley V named after the Hauley (or Hawley) family who first moved to Dartmouth from a nearby village in the 1300's. John Hawley was a member of parliament, a businessman and a privateer, in other words a pirate given royal approval.
    Whilst it was sunny for a while following overnight rain, within two hours the rain had returned in torrential form and the streets were running with water.

    The ferry approaches the slipway on the Dartmouth side having crossed the river from Kingswear

    This is the gap that it is aiming for

    Here is a ferry approaching the slipway. You can see why one or two vehicle owners decided not to risk the crossing and turned round when they saw the conditions

    The view from the pontoon side with a couple of holidaymakers enjoying the spectacle

    Whilst waiting for the vehicles to get off and the next lot to get on the tugs engine is kept full ahead to hold the pontoon against the slipway

    Getting on and off was all about timing today

    The skipper chats as he waits for the vehicles to get aboard

    Having gone astern and cleared the slipway the tug, secured only by the head rope swings around to face the Kingswear side of the river

    With a stern rope now also secured the tug starts off in earnest towards the Kingswear landing slipway

    All shots with a Panasonic G1 and 14-45mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom.

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  2. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    good interesting shots Barrie - the original G1 plus 14 45 is a good piece of kit - the images always have a "clean" look - I use mine quite a lot
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  3. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    What a great set.
    And what a reminder how good the G1 still is ( mine lies unused - shame on me )
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  4. Petach

    Petach SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    yeah.....very nice shots. Sharp as a pin, good colour.
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  5. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    I started off without the kit zoom, mainly using adapted lenses, but was influenced by posts on this forum that said how good the 14-45 was as a kit lens. I got one before they possibly disappeared and find myself using it more often. More than adequate for regular type shots, can't believe that I'm beginning to favour a zoom lens.

  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    i love this sort of sequential documentary work - when it's well executed of course, as this is.
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  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France

    Barrie - I've always liked the G1 and the zoom - I bought it when it was first released

    I used it at a Wedding at the weekend

    Here's one of my favourite shots - (not everyones favourite, just mine) - at 45mm, (= 95mm)

  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Well documented - oh and yes I'm waiting on a 14-45 to arrive in the mail.
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  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    hmmm .... nice content ... Bill, I wonder if I can bother you for a couple of 'phone numbers ... ?
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  10. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Nice documentary coverage of this Barrie, worth contacting a local paper / magazine to see if they are interested also local museum for heritage photo use.
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