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Monday 12th November 2012

Porhov arrival - log loading - sailing time - last yachts in river

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Norman Hardaker's photo of mvPORHOV passing Appledore Nov 12
 mv PORHOV berthed at Bideford on Sunday at 1520 hrs. She is a fine 33 year old ship in good condition. She steers extremely well being long (95m) and relatively narrow at 13m. She has twin screw, a bow thrust and three hatches. Her deadweight is up to 2500 tonnes. but for logs she will lift approx 2100 tonnes.

Compared with a more modern box shaped ship her holds are shallow, however she is to load 400 tonnes of deck cargo. She has a large crew of 12 including a cadet. She sits with her hatch covers some 5' below Bideford quay at low tide, in contrast to other ships which have hatch covers up to 10' above the quay at low tide!

JST crane commenced loading at 0600hrs this morning and the crane driver has had a long day loading, and will complete soon (time now 1830 hrs.) before returning to Scotland for the morning to load another ship.

The ship needs at least 8 hours to lash her deck cargo says the agent and, so she will sail at 1600 hrs tomorrow on a mean predicted draught of 3.9metres.

Yesterday saw a beautiful sunny day with just a handful of dinghies and one cruising catamaran (Greylag owned by Mr Paul Gyurgyak) on its final voyage before being lifted ashore to the North Devon Yacht Club for further winter improvements.PorhovBridgeNormNov12
Norman Hardaker's image of Porhov about to pass under Torridge Bridge, mast lowered.