The Wyeforce tug, operated by Itchen Marine is the original for the "Southampton" RTR model and also a Model Slipway kit(see Ken Goulds article in the summer 2012 SRCMBC newsletter). The photos show her at the mouth of the Itchen, returning to her American Wharf base.
The first of the new breed of huge container ships first came to Southampton on Sunday 9th December 2012. The CMA CGM Marco Polo is some 400m in length! Before she left the next day, Peter Taylor walked along the shore from Eling and snapped some views. On the 25th February 2013 she arrived back on a grey, misty day. Someone was feeding seagulls.
In April, Peter Taylor was on board the National Oceanography Centre inshore Research Vessel Callista to watch the QM2 and the Queen Victoria pay their last regards to the Cunard Flagship QE2. It was a moving experience. The Pacific Princess also got in on the act, there were lots of security boats and many sight-seeing vessels.
An unplanned stop on a sandbar off the Isle of Wight meant the QE 2 arrived in Southampton for the last time when there was just about enough light to take photos... Less than three hours later the photos were on the SRCMBC web site!