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Liverpool Marina

Liverpool Marina

Liverpool Marina was a great base for exploring the city and surrounding area—it’s an easy easy walk from the marina to the waterfront attractions at Royal Albert Dock and downtown. We spent nearly two weeks there, enjoying beautiful Liverpool and particularly the spectacular Bonfire Night fireworks display. Liverpool also is the home of KVH Media…

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York

York

York Minster, built mainly between 1220 and 1480, is one of the largest medieval cathedrals in Northern Europe and among the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. While it is a real highlight of a visit to York, the city has a number of other attractions, including the superb National Railway Museum, the largest…

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Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is the largest church in Britain, and the fifth largest in the world. Construction began in 1904, funded largely through private donations from wealthy Liverpool residents during the height of the city’s commercial shipping success. Everything about it is on a massive scale: the central aisle height is 166ft (35m) and the internal…

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Exploring Liverpool

Exploring Liverpool

Liverpool is perhaps best known as the hometown of the Beatles, but that’s only a small part of the city’s heritage. It has been a major shipping center since the 1700s and by the early 19th century 40% of the world’s trade passed through its ports. The entire downtown Liverpool waterfront is a series of…

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Manchester

Manchester

Manchester has been a major manufacturing center since the Industrial Revolution. Many things were made there, including Jennifer. She was born in Manchester on October 31st and we made an overnight trip there from Liverpool on Halloween to celebrate her birthday. The trip highlight was tickets at the famous O2 Apollo theater for Kaleo, a…

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Night Locking at Liverpool Video

Night Locking at Liverpool Video

We reached the mouth of the River Mersey late in the afternoon of October 30th, 2017 following an easy 150-mile overnight run from Belfast. Night fell as we ran the last 15 miles upriver to Liverpool, and it was completely dark when we reached the city. The River Mersey has a tidal range of 33ft…

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Belfast Harbour Marina

Belfast Harbour Marina

Belfast Harbour Marina opened in 2009 in the city’s rejuvinated Titanic Quarter and provides an excellent base for accessing the city. The marina is the first we’ve been to that is completely self-serve: moorage can’t be reserved in advance and is paid daily through a ticket machine similar to that in a car park. We…

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West Belfast

West Belfast

In several days of touring around Belfast we’d seen no signs of the violence, known as “The Troubles”, that once made it among the world’s most dangerous cities. Of the 1,541 killings there, most ocurred north and west of the city and it is in West Belfast that evidence of the conflict is still prominent….

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Titanic Quarter

Titanic Quarter

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter stands on part of the shipyard where the ill-fated vessel was built and is one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects. The 185-acre (75 hectare) site includes Titanic Studios, Belfast Harbour Marina, and hotel, office, education, retail and apartment complexes. The district also is home to a number of excellent nautical…

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Beautiful Belfast

Beautiful Belfast

One of the reasons we’d come to Belfast was to see one of our favourite bands, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, at the renowned Limelight. We admittedly were a little nervous about the idea. Belfast was once considered one of the world’s most dangerous cities and it’s impossible not to reflect on years of violence covered…

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2017 Summary

2017 Summary

We started the year in the New World, at Charleston in South Carolina, and ended it in the Old World at Falmouth, UK. From January 1st through December 31st, we traveled 6,281 miles at an average speed of 6.9 kts and put 913 hours on our John Deere 6068AFM75. Our main engine now has 9,522…

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Belfast Arrival

Belfast Arrival

The Harland and Wolff twin shipbuilding gantry cranes dominate the Belfast skyline and are a notable landmarks on entering Belfast Harbour. Harland and Wolff are a shipbuilding and offshore construction company founded in Belfast in 1861 who built most of the ships for the White Star Line, including the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic…

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Isle of Gigha

Isle of Gigha

The Isle of Gigha, just north of the Mull of Kintyre, was our last stop in Scotland. After an early monrning run from Oban, we stopped at Gigha for two nights to wait for a storm system to pass through before continuing south to Ireland. While there we installed the new Rule 3700 bilge pump…

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Caledonian Canal Day 7: Banavie to Oban

Caledonian Canal Day 7: Banavie to Oban

The famous Neptune’s Staircase is the longest staircase lock in Britain—a series of eight locks carry boats up or down 64 feet over a distance of 180 feet. The typical time to pass through Neptune’s Staircase is about 90 minutes, but the Scottish Canal staff rushed us through in barely 70 minutes so we could…

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Caledonian Canal Days 5 & 6: Laggan to Banavie

Caledonian Canal Days 5 & 6: Laggan to Banavie

On our fifth day along the Caledonian Canal, we travelled 15 miles from Laggan through Loch Lochy, passing through two bridges and only one lock. We stopped for two nights at Banavie Top Basin above the famous Neptune’s Staircase and within two miles of the southern terminus of the canal. Banavie Basin is only four…

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Caledonian Canal Day 4: Fort Augustus to Laggan

Caledonian Canal Day 4: Fort Augustus to Laggan

One of the most beautiful sections of the Caledonian Canal is near Laggan, where the trees grow right up to the water’s edge and extend over the water. The fall colours made the scene even more impressive. We liked this section of the canal so much that we later walked from Laggan all the way…

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