Welcome to ~SHIPS~DORSET~ where those interested in ships, shipping, and wider maritime matters from Dorset and the surrounding region meet to share, learn & enjoy.

QM2 - Cap san Diego - Sheildhall - Rotterdam(V)

~~ Queen Mary 2 (2004) ~~~~~~~~~~ Cap San Diego (1961) ~~~~~~~~ ss Sheildhall (1955) ~~~~~~~~~~~ Rotterdam V (1959) ~~

ONLINE  EVENTS happening now ~~ see our EVENTS section for details and to request an invitation.

2.30pm, Saturday, November 14th ~ Shipping from our Motorhome ~ with Trevor Hargreaves

... see & hear about European waterway traffic, Stena Hollandica, Maersk Arkansas, Armorique & more ...


Autumn events online ~ see & hear about Maersk Arkansas, Armorique, Celebrity Edge, Hondius and many more interesting ships - brought to you by our enthusiastic branch members. 

MN Pelican - RFA Tideforce - MOL Triumph - Red Kestrel

~~ MN Pelican (1999) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ RFA Tideforce (2017) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MOL Triumph (2017) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Red Kestrel (2019) ~~

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Talks & Meetings on Ocean Liners, Cargo Ships, Ferries, Mariner's Memoirs, Paddle Steamers, Cruise Ships, Naval History, Ship Design, Maritime Memories and much more ~ enjoyed by ships & shipping enthusiasts ~ a community with common interests 

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Ships - Poole Bay - 26th September 2020

~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for October 2020 ~ 1of2 ~ ~ Celebrity Apex & Jewel of the Seas ~ Poole Bay

The last week of September 2020 saw the largest gathering of Royal Carribean Group ships in Europe recorded - and it all happened in Poole Bay, Dorset. 2 of the 5 ships. Celebrity Apex (GT130,818/Y2020) was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire, completed earlier this year and yet to enter passenger service. Jewel of the Seas (GT90,090/Y2004) - the final ship of the "Radiance Class" built at Meyer Werft, Papenburg - the most natural light I have experienced on a cruise ship!

Celebrity Apex & Jewel of the Seas - Poole Bay

Images of the Month for October 2020 ~ 2of2 ~ ~ Anthem of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas & Allure of the Seas ~ Poole Bay

3 more of the 5 ships. Anthem of the Seas (GT168,666/Y2015) - after delivery from Meyer Werft, homeport for her first summer in Europe was Southampton for the 2nd ship of RCI’s “Quantum Class”. Explorer of the Seas (GT138,194/Y2000) was built in Turku, Finland as the second ship of RCI’s "Voyager Class" - ice rink, two deck open internal promenade and more innovations. Allure of the Seas (GT225,282/Y2010) is the 4th largest passenger ship in the world - the three with higher gross tonnages all being sister "Oasis Class" cruise ships with Royal Caribbean International. This was the week when tonnage in Poole Bay exceeded Weymouth!

Anthem, Explorer & Allure of the Seas - Poole Bay

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