I started my ship spotting and photography as a hobby when I left school in 1981. During the next year I met Michael on the riverfront at Hull and we soon became good friends. We would spend many hours on the river, around the docks and eventually further afield in our quest to photograph ships. Michael gave me lots of advice to make my photos better and we spent a lot of time viewing each others work. When I created a computer database to record my photos Michael liked it and so I created one for him also. We were also invited to create a record of the freight vessels used by North Sea Ferries over the years and spent many months researching this and it was published in the book on North Sea Ferries. Michael was a very good photographer but very camera shy – the photo above was taken when he was 21.
Unfortunately our ability to visit the ports was curtailed in 2003 when new security measures meant enthusiasts were no longer allowed onto the port estates but we still had the occasional trip out to the riverfront.
Sadly Michael’s health started to deteriorate and he was unable to make as many trips out.
Michael passed away early on 12th December 2010.
I asked the family if I could scan some of his printed photos to create an online page of his works and on
|One of Michael’s favourite locations was the Humber Bridge. This was the one spot on the Humber we could rival Sky-Photos and get aerial views of ships – albeit mostly coasters. We were also fortunate in the 1980’s, as due to the miners dispute we had some very good tides with many ships, on one occasion we had 19 vessels recorded on the tide.|
The Maltese flagged Galliot “Albatros” 127/1899 inward bound on 29/03/89.
The Sietas built “Anund” 999/1975 outward bound on the PAL line service from Goole.
Everards “Apricity” 692/1967 inward on 09/09/81.
The German flagged “Arosandra” 499/1965 inward bound.
The 1945 built sailing barge “Audrey” passing outward 10/05/89.
One of the largest vessels to pass under the Humber Bridge on a regular basis, the coastal vehicle
The 1972 built vehicle carrier “Autostrada” seen inward for Goole 07/08/1983.
Sold in 1996 with “Autoweg” (q.v.) to Greek buyers then resold to Kalkavanlar A.S. who in turn sold her to Sok A.S. & Resa Yazici for scrap in Turkey and arrived at Aliaga, 13/8/96. Demolition began 21/8/96. It was said that they went for scrap to stop rivals using them.
The Hull built “Betty-Jean” passes inward on 02/07/1986.
An earlier vessel from Yorkshire Dry Dock Co., the “Breydon Venture” was originally the “Wis” until 1986.
The Polish built “Bulk Sky” was one of several sisters that frequently visited the Humber, seen here
The Greek coaster “Castella” outward bound 26/07/1989.
The Bristol built coaster “Colston” seen outward bound 07/04/1983 dates from 1955.
The Sietas built “Disarfell” seen outward from Goole 29/05/1984.
Outward bound on 14/03/1990, the Kingstown registered “Elli” was built in 1970 by N.V. Scheepswerven Gebr. van Diepen at Waterhuizen.
The 1958 Sietas built “Esteland” outward bound on 15/06/1982.
Sold and renamed “Katerina” in 1985 then “Vatoula” in 1988. As latter she was lost when she left Mytilene 08/04/94 bound for Aegina and after reporting later that day from a position north of Chios Island, disappeared with her crew of seven.
The Russian timber carrier “Evgeniy Nikonov” seen inward bound 16/06/1986. Several of this class
Crescent Shipping’s “Faience” inward bound 09/09/1981, possibly for Gainsborough or Beckingham on the Trent as her mainmast is already lowered for Keadby bridge.
Sold and renamed “Island Traveller” in 1986.
Wharton’s “Gladonia” outward bound 07/07/1984. Built at Goole in 1963.
The vehicle carrier “Goodwood” outward from Goole 08/08/1989.
ESL’s “Haweswater” inward to Goole 13/07/1989. Built in 1968 as “Percy Dawson” she was renamed in 1988.
Paal Wilson’s “Hedlo”, seen outward bound, was a regular on the Humber in the 1980’s.
Lapthorn’s “Hoo Tern” seen outward on 28/05/1986. Built by Yorkshire Dry dock in 1985.
One of Michael’s favourite ships, the “Humber Guardian” outward from an upriver buoy move 5/09/1988.
The Turkish vessel “Inci 5” seen 01/05/1990. Outbound from Goole having just become the largest vessel ever to berth there & thus the largest vessel to pass under the Humber Bridge. Sold & renamed “Kaptan Ilyas Kalkavan” later that year, 1990. Extant thus LR 2004/5 but deleted by LR 2006/7.
The Hull built “Island Swallow” outward on 12/07/1989.
Polish Shipping Association’s “Kapitan M Stankiewicz” inward on.07/08/1983.
The Sietas built “Karin” outward on 24/04/1985.She was built in 1958 and kept this name until 1989.
Two for one! The Russian “Konstantin Korshunov” and Dutch “Daron” outward together on 29/05/1985.
The heavy load carrier “Mirabella” outward on 25/09/1987. One of the largest vessels to pass under the Humber bridge, note the main mast lowered.
The smart Danish coaster “Monsunen” seen inward on 06/12/1985, was built in 1965.
Seen inward to Goole on 30/04/1990, the heavy load carrier “New Generation” was built at Aberdeen in 1966 as “Kingsnorth Fisher” and had only recently been renamed. Sold and renamed “New Gen” in 2001. Quickly sold for scrap thus to Indian shipbreakers, Diamond Industries and was delivered at Alang, 19/12/01.
The “Nialed”, seen here inward on 09/09/1981, was built in 1960 as the “Saint Modan”.
The Antiguan flagged “Okapi II” inward bound on 27/07/1989. Built in 1965 as “Edelgard”, renamed
The small pallet carrier “Paletten” seen inward on 09/09/1981.
The Greek cement carrier “Phoenician Flag” seen inward on 11/07/1989. Built in 1853, she was sold and renamed “Cem II” in 1992 and finally sold for scrap thus to Turkish shipbreakers, Gursoy Gemi Sokum A.S., beaching at Aliaga, 12/5/99. Work began 26/5/99.
Outward from Goole on 04/05/1983, the “Pingo” served on the Goole-Finland line service.
The “Polly Pioneer” inward for Goole on 09/08/1989.
Crescent Shipping’s starch tanker “Resilience” inward bound presumably for Howdendyke on 28/10/1982.
A rare upriver visit for Coe Metcalf’s “Robert M”, inward bound on 23/04/1991.
Seacon vessels were regular on the Humber in the 1980’s. “Sea Elbe” is seen here inward on 09/09/1981.
The 1962 built “Sorocco” seen outward bound on 20/03/1991.
With a distinctive style, “Spes-I” is seen here outward bound on 29/11/1983.
Helmsing & Grimm’s smart coaster “Therese” seen here outward bound on 27/06/1986.
“Union Neptune” seen inward on 16/03/1989.
The “Vincent ” of Beck’s seen outward bound on 04/05/1983.
Now a selection of the varied vessels he had taken over the years.
The 1951 built “Atreus” of Blue Funnel Line berthed in Queen Elizabeth dock Hull on 19/02/1976.
Ben Line’s “Bencruachan” seen arriving at King George dock, Hull on 24/05/1969.
Another Ben boat, the “Benstac” also seen arriving at King George dock, Hull on 28/06/1969.
The Alianca owned “Botafogo” arriving at King George dock, Hull on 17/04/1982.
Clan Line’s “Clan Alpine” seen departing King George dock, Hull on 10/07/1979.
Seen arriving at King George dock, Hull on 24/07/1968, P&O’s 1951 built “Comorin” was renamed
Two views of the 1966 built “Eka Daya Samudera”, above arriving at King George dock, Hull on 15/05/1980 and sailing from King George dock, Hull on 28/08/1981.
The Egyptian Navigation Company’s “El Mansoura” arriving at King George dock, Hull on 30/05/1982.
Seen departing Immingham dock on 13/05/1988, the “Heliopolis Sky” was sold for scrap thus to Indian shipbreakers and arrived at Mumbai (Bombay), 29/3/02.
Hapag Lloyd had a regular service from Hull to the Far East – here “Holsatia” is seen departing Hull on 14/04/1980. She was reflagged to Singapore and finally sold for scrap to Taiwan shipbreakers, Kuo Dar Steel Enterprise Co., Ltd. and arrived at Kaohsiung, 22/5/87. Work began there 5/6/87.
The Greek flagged “Iason” arriving at King George dock, Hull on 04/04/1980.
Alianca’s SD14 “Monte Alto” departs King George dock, Hull on 04/08/1982.
The Greek flagged “Ocean” arriving at King George dock Hull on 13/11/1979, just after renaming. She was the last ship built for her first owners, Halcyon Lijn. As “Oceania” dep Bedi, India 1/84, arrived Augusta 24/2/84. She was arrested 3/84. Later reported sold, to be renamed “Monte Spineto” but idle since 1984 and as “Oceania” arrived Aliaga in tow from Italy 6/4/95.
“Orcoma” arriving at King George dock Hull 20/06/1970.
MSC’s “Pantera” arriving at King George dock Hull 28/08/1982.
Seen departing King George dock Hull on 07/06/1982, the “Patroclus” was the last of the 8 Priam class vessels to serve the Ocean Group. She was herself sold and renamed “Rajab 1” later in 1982 then “Sahar” in 1984. Soon sold for scrap to Pakistan breakers, she arrived at Gadani Beach 26/11/84.
Seen here 11/09/1968 at berth 104, Test quays, Southampton is the 1958 built “Pendennis Castle” of Union Castle Mail Steamship Co., Ltd.
The Ethiopian Shipping Lines “Ras Dedgen” arriving at King George dock Hull on 18/04/1982.
MSC’s Kherson built “Rosa S” departing King George dock Hull on 05/06/1982.
Houlders reefer “Royston Grange” arriving at King George dock Hull on 20/10/1968.
MSC’s “Sandra S.” arriving at King George dock Hull on 01/08/1981.
Saudi Europe Line’s “Saudi Jeddah” arriving at King George dock Hull on 04/08/1982.
The Portugese “Sofala” departing King George dock Hull on 12/08/1981.
P&O’s SD14 “Strathdirk” arriving at King George dock Hull on 31/07/1981.
The 1960 built “Yogyakarta” arriving at King George dock Hull on 04/09/1981.with bow tug “Masterman”.