Sir Percivale to Depart

Stevo
3rd November 2009, 17:21
The tug Braveheart is departing Southampton some time tomorrow, one assumes with the Sir Percy under tow. The exact time has yet to be announced.

George.GM
3rd November 2009, 21:17
Southampton Harbourmaster (and Svitzer Tugs) say that she is sailing with Sir Percy at 0800 on Sunday Nov 8th.
Weather permitting.

George.GM
6th November 2009, 11:40
Svitzer tugs now say that she will not go until Thursday Nov 12th due to adverse weather forecasts.

R736476
9th November 2009, 19:57
Still showing as alongside till 12 November on ABP Southampton website.

George.GM
10th November 2009, 11:34
Svitzer have just told me that neither ship will be leaving this week due to continued adverse weather forecasts.

R736476
11th November 2009, 23:22
Now showing as alongside till 16 November on ABP Southampton website. Hopefully the weather will have improved.

George.GM
14th November 2009, 09:38
Southampton ABP Movements say Braveheart & Percy are leaving AM 16th via the Nab.
If the waether improves, they might.

TARBATNESS
15th November 2009, 08:43
Have "Mercy on Percy".

R736476
15th November 2009, 23:26
Sir Percy is still hanging on to Marchwood! Now shown on ABP as departing with a Braveheart on Tuesday 17/11/2009 pm.

R736476
16th November 2009, 23:37
Yet another reprieve! Now shown on ABP as departing on Saturday
21/11/2009 pm.

Stevo
21st November 2009, 13:24
The Percy is now due to depart on monday subject to weather conditions improving.

George.GM
22nd November 2009, 09:03
Her nominated tug, Braveheart, is still steaming up and down off Den Helder so she will have to go some to make Monday.

Scousegit
22nd November 2009, 12:11
As she has to, apparently, arrive in during daylight hours, I think it is unlikely that she will arrive here this week. I would have thought from next weekend onwards will be the most promising, depending on the weather of course.

Scouse.

R736476
23rd November 2009, 09:13
ABP now showing Percy departing Wednesday 25 November.

Stevo
23rd November 2009, 09:27
It's a shame they can't disclose the time of departure as it would make life easier if you want to see her off!!

BillH
23rd November 2009, 09:53
Her nominated tug, Braveheart, is still steaming up and down off Den Helder so she will have to go some to make Monday.
There is a possibility that BRAVEHEART has assumed to job of Netherlands Emergency Response Tug in lieu of the fire damaged WAKER which has been sent to the breakers. WAKER was operated by Svitzer who have had BRAVEHEART chartered for some time.

George.GM
23rd November 2009, 11:53
Svitzer now say that she will leave at 1115 on Friday 27th under tow by Braveheart via the Nab.

Stevo
23rd November 2009, 15:14
Brilliant! Thanks George, will try and catch her going out. Can anyone reccomend a good vantage point at southampton? I plan to be at Town Quay car park or Calshot Castle.

R736476
23rd November 2009, 17:53
Brilliant! Thanks George, will try and catch her going out. Can anyone reccomend a good vantage point at southampton? I plan to be at Town Quay car park or Calshot Castle.

Town Quay car park or a well positioned Hythe ferry! If it's not raining(!!) I'll be at Town Quay.
Cheers,
Alex

stevo r6 86
23rd November 2009, 19:46
Is the town quay where the red funnel ferrys run from?

Stevo
23rd November 2009, 19:53
Yes it is

stevo r6 86
24th November 2009, 13:49
ah i love it there you get so close to the ships and you can see right up the harbour

marco nista
24th November 2009, 14:40
Hythe Pier itself is pretty good, particularly in the afternoon.
The pier has the advantage over Calshot that there usually are'nt many yachties getting in the way.

The pierhead is a little cluttered but good pix available if you walk a little way down the pier.

If you get bored you can always ride up & down on the pier tram which meets all the ferries . . . . .

73s

Marco

stevo r6 86
24th November 2009, 16:27
I also like the vantage point of Fort Gilkicker i can spend all day down there get the best of bost worlds commercial shipping from and to Southampton and naval movements from Pompey, What more do you want :)

George.GM
24th November 2009, 16:37
Of course the very best vantage point is Old Castle Point East Cowes. You can see them coming from as far as Calshot and hold them all the way round till they pass the Castle. And for a lot of the time they are no more than a couple of hundred yards off.
Only snag is that you have to live on the Island or it makes for a very expensive photograph.

stevo r6 86
24th November 2009, 20:23
i do get envious of people on the isle of wight with just how close the massive ships do get! Amazing picture taking spot i bet!

George.GM
25th November 2009, 12:02
Svitzer now (1200/25th) say that due to continued abverse weather the Sir Percy move has been postponed again and will be reassessed over the weekend.

Stevo
29th November 2009, 09:37
Anyone know more about the Percy's departure date?

R736476
29th November 2009, 11:27
Anyone know more about the Percy's departure date?
George will be waiting on a signal from Svitzer.
I'm off shipspotting elsewhere and will now probably miss Percy's departure, but you never know Percy might still be around for Christmas at Marchwood - obstinate product of Hawthorn Leslie!(Thumb)

BillH
29th November 2009, 15:37
George will be waiting on a signal from Svitzer.
I'm off shipspotting elsewhere and will now probably miss Percy's departure, but you never know Percy might still be around for Christmas at Marchwood - obstinate product of Hawthorn Leslie!(Thumb)
Has she slipped away un noticed?

At 12:51 today BRAVEHEART with SIR PERCIVALE was reported as rounding the Lizard.

She has given an ETA at Milford Haven of 0900UTC 30th November

George.GM
29th November 2009, 16:01
I can assure you that Braveheart was alone and Sir Percy is still firmly alongside No 1 Berth RLC Marchwood.
Percy's next departure date is given as Friday December 4th. Weather permitting.

George.GM
1st December 2009, 09:45
Svitzer now (0930/1st) say that there is little chance of Percy sailing this week and if the bad weather persists, early next week either.
Perhaps she will still be here for Christmas.

Stevo
1st December 2009, 18:05
Thank's George, and I thought the wait for Grey Rover was prolonged!

Stevo
5th December 2009, 13:36
Percy now showing as departing on Monday (ETD no known).

George.GM
5th December 2009, 15:51
I very much doubt that Stevo. Her designated tug, Braveheart, is, I think, still in Milford Haven and even if she sailed today couldn't make it by Monday.
Unless, of course, she is going under her own power which would be a major engineering miracle !! And she would need at least a "run" crew to get her to Liverpool. I don't suppose the RLC would be too keen and I dont think there are enough RFA people available at such short norice. Although I may volunteer if sufficient financial inducement is offered !!

Stevo
5th December 2009, 18:55
Cheers George, I guess we can all wait a few more days.

George.GM
8th December 2009, 16:13
Svitzer now (1600/8th) say that she will go, under tow by Braveheart, at 0130Z on Sunday December 13th.
A bit of a blow to photographers unless they have a very large flash and are insomniacs !
Perhaps Scousegit could be persuaded to stand by in Liverpool about the 16th or 17th to take her arriving there.

James_C
8th December 2009, 16:29
George,
I should be in Marchwood by then, so will see if I can manage a nightshot under the floodlights.

George.GM
8th December 2009, 16:40
Thanks James - a splendid idea - but don't stay out of your bed specially !!

Stevo
9th December 2009, 09:38
Bugger! I'm not around then, perhaps the weather may step in and alter things again.

BillH
10th December 2009, 16:26
BRAVEHEART departed Milford Haven southward today

BillH
13th December 2009, 09:49
At 09:23 today BRAVEHEART and SIR PERCIVALE where at 10nm SSW of St Catherines Point.

Pat Thompson
13th December 2009, 10:42
Greetings,

AIS shows her in that area still (to be expected) but has her ETA Liverpool as Wednesday 16 Dec at 02:00. Is she having a "phot free" arrival to match the "phot free" departure.

Incidentally, Sir Percivale was the only one I needed to complete the set (exclam)

Scousegit
13th December 2009, 12:13
ETA at the bar is 0600 approx; they cannot berth during the hours of darkness so I expect that they will be in the river approx two hours before high water which is 1046. Taking that into concideration, perhaps they will taking the return lock after the Clipper ferry for Dublin has departed Langton.

There will be a pilot on board BTW.

Going to be a couple of busy days as Orangeleaf transports Lairds to Birkenhead on Tuesday morning, and Black Rover departs Birkenhead for sea trials as well, returning a couple of days later.

Scouse.

James_C
14th December 2009, 07:29
Am afraid I was unable to manage a departing shot as we didn't arrive in Marchwood until Sunday evening.
Largs Bay was alongside Marchwood No.4, so there's a possibility somebody aboard may have a photo.

KEITH SEVILLE
14th December 2009, 11:42
Braveheart towing at a speed of 8.3 Knots and with tow off North Cornwall Coast. Eta Liverpool Pilots 0600/16th December 2009. This eta given half an hour ago.

Regards
Keith

Scousegit
16th December 2009, 14:00
Braveheart and Sir Percy arrived this morning and she now resides in Canada Graving Dock ahead of Grey Rover to await the grim reeper.

From the picture perspective it was almost a disaster but I managed to get some OK which will be posted later after I've had a kip; yes; I was up at 0400 to join the launch taking the riggers out to the Bar 0500.

Scouse.

KEITH SEVILLE
16th December 2009, 14:47
Well done Scouse look forward to looking at your pictures later.

Regards
Keith

Santos
17th December 2009, 20:36
There are also some pics of her arrival in the Mersey HERE (http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/services/rfa/sirpercivale161209/sirpercivale161209.htm)

Chris.

Fat-Controller
19th December 2009, 14:56
Joined SN too late to contribute to this thread.
Braveheart had been detained by MCA on previous visits for Grey Rover and Pecivale.See bits of Grey Rover ended up on Ebay - be interesting to see how much of Percivale goes the same way.