Seacat Manannan arriving into Douglas Harbour.

In the right place at the right time to capture the Seacat sailing past the Tower of Refuge as she arrives into Douglas Harbour from Liverpool.
The Tower of Refuge was the idea of Sir William Hilary, the founder of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He wanted a safe place for sailors to get to whilst waiting to be rescued as the seas round the Island were very dangerous and the coast was to far to swim to. The Tower was designed by John Welch and was completed in 1832. It was built on Conister Rock in Douglas Bay and was kept stocked with bread and fresh water and offered shelter from the bad weather and rough seas.
When the tide is very low, it is possible to walk out to the Tower.
Took this image using my 55mm-200mm lens on my Nikon DX40 camera.

Seacat Manannin - ©


Yn Chruinnaght on Douglas Promenade.

This week was the traditional Yn Chruinnaght dance festival. Yn Chruinnaght is Manx for ‘The Gathering’ and is a celebration of Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the five other Celtic countries, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. The festival is a full programme of music, dance, language, arts, crafts and much more, something for everyone.
This display was on Douglas Promenade just by the War Memorial.Yn Chruinnaght - ©

Douglas Harbour

Took this image of Douglas Harbour from the Steam-Packet vessel Manannan whilst waiting to go to Liverpool. It was a beautiful calm morning, this was taken at 7am on a sunny, summers day in July. You can see to the left of the image the famous Camera Obscura, and in the middle near the top of the image is the Manx Radio building.

Douglas Harbour - ©


Took this image of the Ben-My-Chree in Douglas harbour from the Seacat Manannan whilst waiting to go to Liverpool.

Ben-My-Chree - ©

Port St Mary Harbour

Port St Mary is such a lovely little harbour and on a sunny day, any time of the year, its so pretty and quaint.
Captured this image on a sunny Sunday afternoon whilst walking to the Breakwater to join the famous Queenie festival which is held every year to celebrate the Queen Scallop, locally known as the Queenie. They are fished from waters around the Isle of Man and have become a very popular food which can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Port St Mary Harbour - ©

Harry Kelly’s Cottage at Cregneash Village Folk Museum

Took this image whilst walking around Cregneash Village Folk Museum on a lovely May afternoon. Cregneash is a living museum which was set up in 1938, when Harry Kelly’s cottage was restored and opened up to the public. This village is a site of Manx Traditions and way of life.

Harry Kelly's Cottage - ©

Playing in the sun on Ramsey Breakwater

Captured youngsters practicing their climbing skills on Ramsey Breakwater on a sunny summers afternoon.

Ramsey Breakwater - ©

Memorial for Joey Dunlop Isle of Man

This image is of the memorial for Joey Dunlop which is at the base of Snaefell (bungalow), the only mountain on the Island, which is part of the famous Isle of Man TT motorbike racing circuit. Joey raced in the TT for many years and won it an amazing 26 times. He sadly lost his life in July 2000 whilst racing in Estonia. He is still much a part of the TT with his two sons, William and Michael, now taking part.

Joey Dunlop memorial - ©

This is also at the same place where Joeys memorial is. Its painted on the wall of the building which used to be Murrays Motorcycle Museum which has now sadly closed down. Its by the artist Richie and he picks Gary Johnson from 2009 on bike number 18.

Murrys Motorcycle Museum - ©

Isle of Man Steam Packet Seacat Manannan

Was up Douglas Head at just the right time to be able to capture the seacat Manannan entering Douglas harbour.

Isle of Man Steampacket Seacat Manannan - ©


Managed to capture the vortex on this Flybe plane as it took off from Ronaldsway Airport.
This image was taken with my Nikon D40 with a 55-200mm Nikon lens.

Vortex - ©

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