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Gwydir Castle is situated in the Conwy valley, Wales, a mile to the west of the ancient market town of Llanrwst and 1.5 miles to the south of the large village of Trefriw.

 

has been a fortification of some sort on the site since AD 600, and in the Middle Ages a large number of skirmishes were fought in this area between the various rival Welsh princes and their forces, the most significant being in 610 and 954.

 

By the 14th century some form of manorial house had evolved, and the first recorded owner was Howell ap Coetmor, who fought in the Hundred Years' War and was a commander of longbowmen under Edward, the Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.

 

Gwydir became the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family, descended from the Kings of Gwynedd, and one of the most significant families of north Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods.

 

Following the Wars of the Roses the castle was rebuilt by Meredith ap Ieuan ap Robert, the founder of the Wynn dynasty. The house incorporated re-used mediaeval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan. The square turret at the rear of the Solar Tower contains a spiral staircase taken from the Abbey and many elaborately carved stones can also be seen. The turret was added around 1540 and Sir John Wynn's initials can be seen above the main entrance in the courtyard gatehouse along with the date of 1555. The surviving buildings date from around the year 1500, and there were alterations and additions in c1540, c1600 and c1828, the latter after Lord Willoughby had done a fair bit of demolishing in c1819.

 

Although called a castle, it is an example of a Tudor architecture courtyard house or fortified manor house, rather than a traditional castle, such as those built in North Wales by Llywelyn the Great and Edward I.

 

Gwydir was home to Katheryn of Berain. King Charles is said to have visited Gwydir in 1645 as the guest of Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet, Treasurer to Queen Henrietta Maria, and Groom of the Royal Bed Chamber.

 

More recently King George V and Queen Mary stayed here as the Duke and Duchess of York, in April 1899.

This photo is taken from Astoria Park by the East River. The bridge on the front is Hell Gate Bridge and the rear one is Triborough Bridge. And the highly illuminated cityscape on the background is, of course, Manhattan.

 

Awesome On Black

 

I had couple hours of free time this evening and the weather was so darn good. Zero cloud, nada! So, I grabbed my camera bag and a tripod and hopped on the subway train to Astoria. It was about 30 degree Fahrenheit outside with moderate wind. Not too bad. So, I wore what I usually wear for this kind of weather - sweater, double jacket, jeans and sneaker. Normally, that’d be just enough. Not today!

 

I forgot to think about the river. It’s usually much colder and windier when you’re by one. Let alone the fact that I was there for almost an hour. I had no gloves, no beanie, no scarf, no board pants (I hate long john). It was fine the first 5-10 minutes… then hell began. My face and hands turned solid within twenty minutes, and I didn’t feel a thing after that. Well, consider what I got out of the evening, it’s still worth it. But next time around, I’d definitely bundle the hell up before I go out doing photography work.

 

Moral of the story: Never underestimate the weather… EVER!!!

The first visit to Scotland for the Colas 67's was on the 27th March 2017. They worked a Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street test train.

I didn't manage to see the northbound working but I caught them returning to Newcastle. Here in beautiful afternoon sunshine, 67027 approaches Musselburgh with 1Q24 at 1521, with 67023 on the rear.

In the background is the Eads Bridge, with Metrolink light rail on the lower deck (no over-under this time). Behind the Eads is the MLK road bridge.

 

This is the first time I've seen this unit away from its normal parking spot tucked up alongside the plant, located next to the Casino Queen. 9335 was built as Pennsy 7916, later became Conrail 9335, then ADM, and now Cargill. Although you can't tell it from this view, the large Cargill logo on the engineer's-side long hood has been painted over.

47522 at Perth after colliding with a tractor on a crossing at Forteviot whilst hauling the 13.35 Glasgow Queen St to Aberdeen on the 4/5/82.

 

This is the rear cab, not a lot of people know that the loco somersaulted and landed on this cab as can be seen by the earth embedded in the cab.

 

Perth 27/6/82

I found this on a fence at the rear of Queens Gardens in Perth. My lovely contact hold on knew the name of this plant :)

 

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A British soldier serving queen and country during the Second Boer war.

 

ok guys, i have had this figure since summer and only now am i posting it ;)

 

I am quite proud of the lee Metford rifle. it is made from the rear half of a lee Enfield and the front half of a K98. afterwards i took the back of the k98 and front of the Enfield and made a freaky looking carbine. i might post it later if there is enough interest.

 

let me know what you think!

 

UDF Elsa has been deboxed. She is free standing.

 

I just received the Anna (UDF 257) and Elsa (UDF 258) Ultra Detail Figures by Medicom, from Big Bad Toy Store. They were only $10.99 each, plus $5 for ground shipping. They were well packed and arrived in perfect shape. They are 3 inch solid vinyl figures, and are very well detailed and accurate depictions of Snow Gear Anna and Snow Queen Elsa from the original Frozen animated feature. Anna requires the included clear plastic stand to be displayed, but Elsa is free standing. They were released in 2016, by the same company that produced the RAH Anna and Elsa 12 inch action figures. They are similar in style to the Sega 7 inch vinyl figures and the 9 inch Enesco maquettes of Anna and Elsa. I wish that UDF Elsa came with a base so she could be the same height as Anna when displayed. In the photos of them together, I improvised a base to raise Elsa up. Otherwise, I am very satisfied with both of these figures.

Tell me the legends of long ago

When the kings and queens would dance in the realm of the red rose

Play me the melodies i want to know

So i can teach my children, oh

 

Pray tell me the story of young co chulainn

How his eyes were dark his expression sullen

And how he'd fight and always won

And how they cried when he was fallen

 

Oh tell me the story of the queen of this land

And how her sons died at her own hand

And how fools obey commands

Oh tell me the legends of long ago

 

Where the mountains of mourne come down to the sea

Will she no come back to me

Will she no come back to me

 

Oh shenandoah i hear you calling

Far away you rolling river

Roll down the mountain side

On down on down go lassie go

 

Oh tell me the legends of long ago

When the kings and queens would dance in the realms of the red rose

Play me the melodies so i might know

So i can tell my children, oh

 

My roisin dubh is my one and only true love

It was a joy that joyce brought to me

While william butler waits

And oscar, he's going wilde

 

Ah sure, brendan where have you behan?

Looking for a girl with green eyes

My dark rosaleen is my only colleen

That georgie knows best

 

But van is the man

Starvation once again

Drinking whiskey in the jar-o

Synge's playboy of the western world

 

As shaw, sean i was born and reared there

Where the mountains of mourne come down to the sea

Is such a long, long way from tipperary

 

The Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ontario, Canada is the Courthouse for Frontenac County, Ontario. The Neoclassical building was designed by Edward Horsey and constructed by builders Scobell and Tossell.[1] Alternation after 1874 fire by John Power added the dome tower. It overlooks City Park to its south, and Lake Ontario beyond. The front of the structure features the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

The building was constructed between 1855 and 1858 as a judicial and administrative complex with a jail in the rear. In 1980 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

 

Peter Witt streetcar was introduced by Cleveland Railway commissioner Peter Witt (1869-1948) who lead the transit agency from 1911-1915 and who designed a model of streetcar known by his name, and used in many North American cities, most notably in Toronto and Cleveland.

 

The design was distinguished from other streetcars of the era by its use of the center door as an exit only, with a conductor stationed inside just in front of the door. Passengers could board through the front doors without waiting or paying; they could pay the conductor immediately and sit in the rear of the car (in the nicer seats), or wait in front and pay just before they exit. This had the effect of reducing the car's dwell time at stops, improving schedule times and increasing capacity. Many vehicles were later converted to pay-as-you-enter operation in order to reduce the number of staff needed, but they continued to be known as Peter Witt cars.

 

The Toronto Transit Commission version was built under license by Canada Car and Foundry of Montreal. A small number were also built by the Ottawa Car Company and the Preston Car Company. Between 1921 and 1923, 575 of these streetcars were ordered by the TTC for use on Toronto streets.

 

The Peter Witts ran on the busiest streetcar routes, and were heavily used until they were replaced by the Yonge and University subway lines. Those still in use were officially retired in 1965.

 

Although most of the cars were scrapped, one was retained for historic purposes, and in 2001 the Toronto Transit Commission budgeted $100,000 to have it restored to its original condition.

The Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ontario, Canada is the Courthouse for Frontenac County, Ontario. The Neoclassical building was designed by Edward Horsey and constructed by builders Scobell and Tossell.[1] Alternation after 1874 fire by John Power added the dome tower. It overlooks City Park to its south, and Lake Ontario beyond. The front of the structure features the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

The building was constructed between 1855 and 1858 as a judicial and administrative complex with a jail in the rear. In 1980 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada

The Frontenac County Court House in Kingston, Ontario, Canada is the Courthouse for Frontenac County, Ontario. The Neoclassical building was designed by Edward Horsey and constructed by builders Scobell and Tossell.[1] Alternation after 1874 fire by John Power added the dome tower. It overlooks City Park to its south, and Lake Ontario beyond. The front of the structure features the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

The building was constructed between 1855 and 1858 as a judicial and administrative complex with a jail in the rear. In 1980 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada

Enter New Westminster's Queens Park off Third Avenue. The Rose Garden will be on the west side of the Arena's rear parking lot.

Enter New Westminster's Queens Park off Third Avenue. The Rose Garden will be on the west side of the Arena's rear parking lot.

67006 'Royal Sovereign' is seen passing York with the 1Z44 Sunderland - London Kings Cross, 67005 'Queens Messenger' is on the rear.

Fragonset Railways 31459 'Cerberus' at Acton Turville with 'Queen of Scots Pullman' stock in tow forming a 1Z85 13.15 Victoria-Cardiff, with 31452 on the rear, one of several specials for The Six Nations rugby match being played at The Millennium Stadium that evening which ended Wales 9-26 England..... 22/02/03.

 

PENTAX 67, PENTAX SMC 165mm, Fuji PROVIA 100F

Well known as ‘snake with a hood’. A venomous snake that, when excited, rears up and spreads the skin behind its head to form a hood.

UDF Elsa has been deboxed. She is free standing.

 

I just received the Anna (UDF 257) and Elsa (UDF 258) Ultra Detail Figures by Medicom, from Big Bad Toy Store. They were only $10.99 each, plus $5 for ground shipping. They were well packed and arrived in perfect shape. They are 3 inch solid vinyl figures, and are very well detailed and accurate depictions of Snow Gear Anna and Snow Queen Elsa from the original Frozen animated feature. Anna requires the included clear plastic stand to be displayed, but Elsa is free standing. They were released in 2016, by the same company that produced the RAH Anna and Elsa 12 inch action figures. They are similar in style to the Sega 7 inch vinyl figures and the 9 inch Enesco maquettes of Anna and Elsa. I wish that UDF Elsa came with a base so she could be the same height as Anna when displayed. In the photos of them together, I improvised a base to raise Elsa up. Otherwise, I am very satisfied with both of these figures.

I seem to be the queen of butt shots, the wings are beautiful, but it's a still a rear!

Canon 24-105mm f/4 L is usm Lens

Taken in Queens Vlg NY 6/20/2014

23/07/2014 is the day of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland. The Queen who will officially open the Games Travelled by train i believe to the Games. Pictured passing Euxton with the Royal Train is DBS skip 67005 'Queens messenger' and on the rear is 67006 'Royal Sovereign'.

 

**27/10/2014 Re-edited into a larger size**

The print from which this is scanned is dated June 1992 so this has to be the SoBC, and not its younger sister the Spirit of Vancouver Island. That "Hull # 559" would be the designation given to it by Yarrows Victoria shipyard who built the rear section of the hull.

Another shot of the Royal Train as it makes it's way to Glasgow. 67006 bringing up the rear as the train passes Euxton.

This is my entry to the Unrestricted category of the LC16 for Loreos, in the Lands of Roawia roleplaying game. Check it out!

  

Story:

Dalmanutha loomed in the near distance as Erathor and his army approached. He had visited the city twice before, but never had it looked ominous, always regal and joyous. Ominous, however, was the best word to describe it now. The false Queen’s ugly Dragon sigil flew high above each tower, and the very sight was enough to anger the Loreesi lord.

“Remind me, Dag; why did you advise me to launch our attack against this particular section of wall?” Erathor asked, removing his helmet for a moment to wipe away the sweat on his brow. The bannerman on his left pointed ahead of the advancing army.

“That dune will give us sufficient cover to prepare for the attack. They will not be able to see us whilst we hide there and so they cannot harm us. They will know we’re there, in fact they've almost certainly seen us, but we’ll be out of range of their arrows and it would be folly for them to leave the city to meet us on open ground.”

 

The dune did indeed provide adequate cover. Large trees and planks of wood, dragged by horses at the rear of the force, were built into a sturdy wall consisting of different sections, as well as multiple ladders. Erathor was quietly confident, feeling that his plan would be unlikely to fail, but at the same time he knew that he could potentially lose many of his loyal soldiers.

“Erathor, we should move out.” Allaeus placed a hand on his friend’s armoured shoulder. Another knight stood next to him.

“My lord, let me be the first up your ladder. It would be an honour,” the knight said. Erathor smiled gratefully.

“If that is your wish, let it be so. You know the dangers.” Allaeus spoke again.

“It’s time. Send out the archers.”

“Archers, forward!” Erathor cried, and the men swiftly climbed the dune, notching arrows as they went. When they reached the top, they fired a volley that forced the opposing men, waiting on top of the wall, to hide themselves. At this point, the rest of the Loreesi were up on their feet and holding the sections of wall in groups.

“Forward!” Erathor himself ran up the dune, fighting against the loose sand that fell away as he went. The archers fired a second volley, keeping the enemy down, and the rest of the army pushed the wood they carried into the ground, forming a long, protective wall. It only took a minute or two for the wall to be secure, with just a few arrows actually being fired from the city. The archers continued to stand, waiting for any sign of movement.

“This is it, men! This Glorious city, capital or our Glorious land, cannot have those banners flown above it for any longer! If any man takes one down, he shall be forever honoured!” The men cheered at Erathor’s words. “Now, let us move forward, without fear, and take back what is rightfully ours. ONWARDS TO VICTORY!” Picking up the ladders, the army poured out of the few gaps in the wooden wall, pushing the ladders against the stone. At this point the Dragons rose up, not heeding the arrows, and attempted to force the attackers back. Some fell in the charge, as the defenders' arrows rained down upon them. The knight Erathor had spoken to reached the top of the wall and, rather surprisingly, wasn’t killed instantly. Allaeus, just ahead of the lord, speared a man at the top, and Erathor himself cut down a soldier as soon as he left the ladder behind. The fighting quickly became fiercer, with the Loreesi archers pinpointing Dragons to take down.

“Allaeus!” Erathor called to his friend as soon as they were left relatively alone. “Take as many men as you think you need and move onto the higher wall, across the courtyards. Good luck, old friend.” Allaeus nodded and clasped Erathor’s hand.

“You too.” He ran off towards the southern part of the city, red plume flying, spear tip flashing, yelling the battle cry of Loreos.

  

I’m so tired of this build after taking over a hundred photos, and not getting a decent one! I apologise for the poor quality of the photo, but I couldn’t get any better. I hope you like the build, and the story also. If you're wondering why there's gold in the walls, it's because it shows how big an important the city is, especially since this part of it is quite near the palace.

Edit: I can't believe I forgot this, but many thanks to Brickninja for all the advice he game me for this MOC. I owe you one, man!

Thanks for viewing, and have a great day!

 

For the Glory of Loreos!

 

Direct Rail Services English Electric Type Three Class 37/4 37401 "Mary Queen of Scots" diesel-electric locomotive at the foot crossing between Seascale and Sellafield on the Cumbrian coast railway line with Arriva Rail Northern's 2C49 the 11:40 Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle passenger service. Mark two DBSO 9704 is on the rear of this train.

I've not seen faded rear lights like that for some time either, which just goes to show how original this one is. Nice to see the original numberplate on the rear of it too. It is quite interesting how you can still see one owner examples like this one rubbing shoulders with show queens too.

The rear view from the Gladstone hotel on Queen Street.

Direct Rail Services English Electric Type Three Class 37/4 37401 "Mary Queen of Scots" diesel-electric locomotive at the foot crossing between Seascale and Sellafield on the Cumbrian coast railway line with Arriva Rail Northern's 2C49 the 11:40 Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle passenger service. Mark two DBSO 9704 is seen here on the rear of this train.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.

- Hilary Cooper

The oldest trains currently in service on the London Underground are the seven car sets of 1972 Tube Stock that operate the Bakerloo services. Driving Motor 3252 brings up the rear of a northbound Bakerloo service entering the carriage shed at the north end of Queens Park station, 23rd January 2017.

The small building in the rear is a monument to Queen Victoria for 60 years on the throne .( I thought it was a bus shelter !!!)

67005 'Queen's Messenger' passes Acton Bridge with the 5Z39 Runcorn to Crewe C.S. on the 8th April 2017. 67006 'Royal Sovereign' is on the rear.

The vehicle's twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V8 engine has been modified from Bentley's Arnage R version to produce 400 hp (300 kW) and 616 lb·ft (835 N·m) of torque. Its maximum speed is 130 mph (210 km/h). The State Limousine is 83.0 cm (2.723 ft) longer than a standard Bentley Arnage, 25.5 cm (10.0 in) taller, and 6.8 cm (2.7 in) wider. It is equipped with broad coach doors that open to the rear almost 90 degrees. Opaque panels over the backlight of the car can be installed for either added privacy or removed for added visibility of its passengers. For protection of its occupants, the bodywork and glass are armoured, the cabin can be sealed air-tight in case of gas attack and is also blast-resistant, and the tyres are kevlar-reinforced.

 

The State Limousine is equipped with flashing lights. Lion ornament is displayed as is Her Majesty's Royal Standard and shield for Scotland Royal Arms of the United Kingdom (Scotland).svgRoyal Standard of the United Kingdom in Scotland.svg

The Bentley is used only on official engagements, and is always escorted by a selection of marked and unmarked Royal Protection Squad vehicles and local police vehicles and motorcycle outriders. The Queen also uses it to travel to church when at Balmoral and Sandringham House. When abroad, the Queen may use other state cars or something provided by her hosts.

 

Like all British state cars, the Bentley has a mount on its roof for an illuminated crest and a pennant, which can be inserted from inside the vehicle. These both usually feature the Royal Standard, although other symbols can be used for occasions such as a state visit. When the Queen is on board, the Bentley "Flying B" bonnet ornament is either replaced by Her Majesty's personal mascot of Saint George slaying the dragon or a single standing Lion. The limousines are equipped with flashing lights, 34 grill and two on the front bumper, that are occasionally put to use. The State Limousines do not have number plates. The Bentley is claret and black like all the British state limousines.

 

In January 2009, it was announced that both Bentley State Limousines will be converted to run on biofuel

Here she is returning with The Duke of Edinburgh from a Luncheon at Lloyd\'s of London, One Lime Street, London EC3

A bit of an experiment here and I must say I was influenced by Kay who experiments with different angles and views. I did actually think when I wore this dress 'Does my bum look big in this outfit?' This still image captures me walking onto the set prior to me recording my 'I Love Cross-dressing' video. It occurred to me I have never actually seen myself as Helene from the back.

 

It is yet another from my late night and very brief recent cross-dressing session so I apologise for the lack of variation in outfit and backdrop. I was making the most of an opportunity as it will be some time before I can become Helene again.

 

I'm not sure if I will keep this photo on-line for very long as I doubt it will be of interest to anyone but me. It was interesting to see myself from the back as I am so used to seeing myself from one angle.

Approaching Clitheroe we have the 'British Royal Train' with 67005 'Queen's Messenger' leading on the 1Z88 Carnforth - Crewe LNWR via Clitheroe and Hellifield. The train was carrying HRH Prince Charles who had not been to the Ribble Valley since 2003, he disembarked at Clitheroe.

67006 'Royal Sovereign' was on the rear.

Body: (Original Body Designer) Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Series (Design bought by:) Hyundai Motor Company rebadged "Aero Queen Hi-Class" converted the fascia & rear into Hyundai Universe Space Luxury.

Specs: , Denso Overhead Airconditioning System.

Bus Company: N. Dela Rosa Liner Incorporated.

Route: Alabang - dunno(maybe Batangas Pier or Lucena Quezon) .

Bus: P(provincial).

Taken: Alabang Viaduct Muntinlupa, City

Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee produced two imposing new buildings, the Legislative buildings and the new post office. This site was the home to the new post office, opened on July 1, 1898 after three years of construction. Designed by Department of Public Works architect, Thomas Fuller, it was an imposing site appropriate for Her Majesty's government.

 

By 1907 when the streetcar travelled by the building housed the Post Office with Noah Shakespeare as postmaster, the Public Works Department with William Henderson as architect, the Inland Revenue Office with William Gill as district inspector, the Post Office Inspector's Office and Dead Letter Office with Evarard Hyde Fletcher as inspector, the Weights and Measures Office with Hugh Findlay as inspector, the Meteorological Office with Reid E Baynes as superintendent, the Government Telegraph Service with Dee William in charge, and the Dominion Customs House with William Marchant as inspector.

 

In 1952, postal services moved up Government Street to the 1200 block and this building was converted in 1956 for Customs and Immigration use. A series of alterations produced a building that was devoid of ornamentation and unsympathetic to the original building, of which a section was retained to the rear.

 

In the 1980s, a group of local merchants petitioned the federal government to rework the design to more accurately reflect its origins.

In an editorial dated April 30, 1988, the Times Colonist noted: "It is time to make amends for the heritage violation wreaked by Ottawa decades ago to provide once again a grand, stately entrance from the waterfront to Victoria's charming Old Town. " The resulting alterations to the facade of building is an improvement and does contain Edwardian elements.

 

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47802 "Pride of Cumbria" heads 1Z40 Crewe to Great Yarmouth "The Retro Fenland Explorer" away from Ely with 37423/605 on the rear on 31/8/13.

BC in a nutshell- pup mill in the background is closed - no fish in Howe Sound - things are changing.

  

Why Howe?

 

Highway 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish has just got to be one of the most beautiful roads to drive anywhere in this weary old world. With the ocean glimmering on the left and the mountains rising on the right it is enchanting. It is perhaps most spectacular on a summer evening when travelers get the added bonus of watching the sun sink into the sea. Few people making the journey probably realize that the bays, islands, mountains, and sounds they see laid out so beautifully below them all commemorate a sea battle that took place some two hundred years ago.

It began with Captain Vancouver. He named the entire body of water Howe Sound after the Right Honorable Richard Scrope, Earl Howe. Howe was the hero, in 1794, of a battle that will live forever in the traditions of the Royal Navy as the 'Glorious First of June', a naval battle between France and England just after the French revolution.

This was a contest between Lord Howe, in command of twenty-five sail of the line and seven frigates, and a larger and heavier French fleet under Admiral Villaret. The British beat the odds and captured seven line of battle ships, managing to get six back to Portsmouth by June 13 (one sank before it could make safe harbor).

This battle was considered so important by the English that the Royal Family traveled to Portsmouth to greet Howe and reward him with, among other things, a diamond-hilted sword worth over three thousand guineas. The French revolution was not a popular uprising in royal circles.

Howe was described by Walpole as "undaunted as a rock and as silent". Unlike many in positions of authority in the Royal Navy at the time Howe is said to have actually cared for his sailors. He earned the name 'the Sailors' Friend' although he was known below-decks as 'Black Dick'.

Captain George H. Richards, R.N., in his 1859-60 survey of the British Columbia coast in the surveying vessel Plumper followed Captain Vancouver's lead by naming virtually everything in the sound after a ship or officer that had some part to play in the great triumph of June 1, 1794.

The Plumper was an auxiliary steam sloop of 484 tons, sixty horses, with a top speed under steam of about six knots which, the crew believed, was not even close to adequate for the coastal waters they explored. Richards primary task was to establish the whereabouts of the forty-ninth parallel in order to clarify which islands and channels belonged to England and which to the United States.

Bowen Island is named after Rear Admiral James Bowen who was the master of the H.M.S. Queen Charlotte. British naval tradition states that Bowen took the Queen Charlotte so close to the stern of the flagship of the French fleet, the Montagne, that the fly of the French ensign brushed the main and mizzen shrouds of the Queen Charlotte as she poured shot into the starboard side of the French ship.

Queen Charlotte channel remembers the Queen Charlotte, the flagship of Admiral Lord Howe. It carried one hundred and ten guns and was later accidentally burnt off Leghorn on the 17th of March, 1800 with great loss of life while it was the flagship of Admiral Lord Keith.

James Gambier was an Admiral of the Fleet who, as Captain of the H.M.S. Defence, also sailed into action on the 'Glorious First'. The Defence was the first ship to break through the enemy's line and she immediately found herself in a desperate battle with three French ships. The Defence was mauled and eventually dismasted during the engagement. Eighteen of her crew were killed and thirty-nine wounded, but Gambier's obvious bravery on this day served him well years later when a court martial was called over his behavior in another action. It was thought imputing personal cowardice was impossible based on his actions back in 1794.

The Defence is remembered with the Defence islands. The Defence later performed heroically at Trafalgar. She and the St. George were driven aground onto Jutland in 1811 during a fierce gale. Five members of the six hundred man crew of the Defence survived.

Port Graves was named after Vice Admiral Thomas Graves. He was second in command in Lord Howe's fleet and sailed in the Royal Sovereign. Interestingly enough, (considering his name), Graves commanded a squadron of vessels, mostly battle prizes and merchantmen, which was ordered to sail from Jamaica to England back in 1892. The fleet encountered a storm in mid-Atlantic. Over three thousand persons perished.

Brunswick Mountain remembers H.M.S. Brunswick. That ship carried seventy-four guns and was under the command of Captain John Harvey at the battle on the 'Glorious First'. Harvey's name also appears on a mountain.

Captain Hutt, immortalized with Hutt Island, commanded the H.M.S. Queen, a ninety-eight gun vessel. Both Hutt and Harvey lost limbs in the action on the first of June. Both later died on the same day, June 30, and both are remembered at the same monument in Westminster Abbey. They had shared the same post-chaise on their journey to join their respective ships.

Admiral Sir Edward Thornborough was the captain of the Latona, a signal frigate, which was stationed in the center of the line to pass on Howe's signals to the fleet. He took the frigate into the thick of the fight to assist the Bellerophon when that vessel was almost overwhelmed by the enemy. He is remembered with a channel. Latona passage remembers the thirty-eight gun ship.

Dommett Point on Anvil Island recalls William Dommett, the flag captain of the Royal George, one hundred and ten guns. Irby Point is named after Frederick Paul Irby, a midshipman of the Montagu.

Bowyer island remembers Rear Admiral George Bowyer who sailed into battle on the first of June on the Barfleur, a ship of ninety-eight guns captained by Cuthbert Collingwood. Bowyer also lost a leg in the battle.

Collingwood and Nelson were fast friends, and Collingwood played a very big part in Nelson's victory at Trafalgar. He is buried in St. Paul's beside Nelson. Collingwood channel is his memorial. Barfleur passage remembers his ship.

Pasley island remembers Rear Admiral Thomas Pasley who sailed on the Bellerophon. He also lost a leg in the battle It seems there were quite a few high ranking legs floating around the channel that day.

Gardener mountain on Bowen island remembers Alan Gardener who was a rear admiral sailing on the Queen captained by Hutt. Losses on the Queen were exceptionally severe.

Hood Point remembers Alexander Hood, an admiral aboard the Royal George. The Royal George encountered a very hot fire that day and lost her fore and main topmasts. She also lost twenty men and saw seventy-two more wounded.

Interestingly enough, although Captain Richards went on to name many more parts of the BC coastline and while there are at least nine Plumper something's scattered around the coast, including Plumper cove in Howe sound all obviously named after the survey ship, and while there is a Richard Point, a Richard Rock, and even a Richards island in Plumper bay, none of them are named after the Plumper's captain, George Richards.

Richard Mayne (one of the first to travel the Pemberton trail and the Gold Rush trail and write about them - he named Green lake after camping beside it in 1859) was Richard's second lieutenant, Pender and Bedwell were his second masters, Francis Brockton was his first engineer. Their names certainly appear on maps of this region but the man who named so much of this part of the world was apparently too modest to name anything after himself.

 

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Material for this story comes from Captain John T. Walbran's remarkable book, British Columbia Coast Names first published in 1909.

 

67026 'Diamond Jubilee' departs Blackburn after dropping off the Queen who was visiting the town, with 67005 bringing up the rear.

This moment lasted only a split second -- and then the wave flattened, the boats aligned themselves and the big ship turned more to starboard. The wave reared up after the fishing boat on the upper left cut off a cabin cruiser that turned sharply to the left to avoid it. It all happened as the QM2 arrived in San Francisco for its maiden visit on February 4, 2007. We were lucky to remain upright in our little ship the Pat. Pending, thanks to the sure hand of captain Mel Owen. (The Owens have had this 50-foot wooden motor yacht in their family since the 1930s and I am glad to say it remains seaworthy despite this wave off of our bow). One more note: I happened to sit next to a fishing boat captain at the Lighthouse Diner in Sausalito six years and twelve days after this shot. And he told me that he was a herring boat skipper and that he too had been out that day to see the Queen. I quickly pulled out my iphone with this photo -- not him, but he lit up and told me that aluminum herring boat on the left was "No Limit" captained by Walter McCarthy. That's Walter on deck. Sadly Walter passed away earlier this season (November, 2012). Thanks to the skipper i was able to contact Walter's son. i am hoping to send his wife a print..

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Here are other shots of mine that people seem to like:

www.flickr.com/photos/gcquinn/sets/72157604336146554/

I also invite you also to look over my most recent photographs.

www.flickr.com/photos/gcquinn/sets/72157609130069639/

Enjoy!

Geoff Quinn

 

Retro Railtours 05:16 Crewe to Great Yarmouth 'The Retro Fenland Explorer' passes Queen Adelaide crossing,Ely behind DRS 47802,having arrived into Ely behind 37423 & 37605,which are still on the rear.

Courtesy from brother in-law in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

 

Date taken: 21/10/09

Location: Aniceto Bus Line Terminal, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

156447 brings up the rear of the 10.10 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen St. service, passing Kinloid on Sat 6th May 2017.

 

This was a bit of an unplanned grab shot, I arrived at the spot just as the unit was coming past.

Metrobus 5015 was the first to be refurbished under GMN and the results can be seen here inside Queens Road depot shortly after its return. A new destination similar to the Olympians replaced the three piece display, new panelling, high level repeater lights at the rear were amongst the external differences, whilst the interior gained a full refit that included high backed seats in the lower saloon. The rear was also strengthened, something that was the Metrobuses weak point. Early refurbs gained a smaller rear window as seen here. Later ones were completely panelled over and were utilised for advertising.

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