I’m very behind on blogging events and shoots, like the Bristol Harbour Festival that we went west for in July.

For cranes, trains, boats and bunting, including displays from tall ships and steam tugs, minesweepers and fireboats, as the old city docks hosted vintage vessels for harbourside spectators.

We rode the Bristol Harbour Railway behind shunter No. 34, watched the 1875 Fairbairn 35 ton steam crane lift a whole box of elephants on Princes Wharf, and the city’s fireboat, Pyronaut, create a storm. And the usual hoverboarders and jetskiers making a racket and showing off…

I have fond memories from about 12 years earlier of watching a whole fleet of tallships ride up the Avon Gorge under the Clifton Suspension on the evening tide and through Brunel’s locks into the Cumberland Basin, chaperoned by half a dozen hot air balloons in the dusk light.

Alas, this time we could only spare an afternoon, with its harsh midsummer sunlight, before it was time to take the shark ferry to Temple Meads and go…


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