Ships and stunts at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016


Paddleboarding in Bristol Harbour - photocatalyst

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

Bristol Harbour Festival - photocatalyst
Steam engine on Bristol Harbour Railway - photocatalyst
Seagull over Bristol Harbour - photocatalyst
St Mary Redcliffe - photocatalyst

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.

Pyronaut fireboat - photocatalyst

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…

Hoverboarding on Bristol Harbour - photocatalyst
Hoverboarding on Bristol Harbour - photocatalyst

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.

Shark ferry - photocatalyst

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…

Trains at London Paddington Railway Station - photocatalyst

More photographs of Bristol…

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