After a week that started with some intense rain showers followed by rainbows the weather looks like it is improving a bit. The fact it is not even 4pm and the sun is well on its way to setting confirms that Autumn is here whch is justified by the leaves falling from the tree in my front garden.
So far today I have seen four new vessels.
Bulk Carrier Intrepid Eagle (IMO 9467615, GT 23426, 2013) was in the main basin at Seaforth this morning whilst around lunch time I saw the veteran ferry now acting as an accommodation ship Wind Solution (IMO 6918560, GT 8893, 1969) leaving the docks and heading out to sea.
General Cargo Ship Fri Stream (IMO 9115896, GT 2051, 1995) also passed me heading upstream to Garston Docks making use of the high tide and finally from a distance I saw the Container Ship Manfred (IMO 9433444, GT 7464, 2008) leaving the docks and heading to Dublin.
Earlier today I was reading about the Destroyer HMS Cobra which sank on this day in 1901. Built in 1901 by Armstrong Whitworth and Co. she was 350 tons and measured 210ft x 21 ft x 7ft. She was fitted with steam turbines which were at the time new and the both the Navy and her builders were interested in their performance.
Leaving port for trials with a crew of 54 officers and men in addition to 25 contractors which included Mr Barnard the Manager of the Parsons Turbine Company the vessel became caught in deteriorating weather and a full gale.
Due to her slim design she had a tendancy to ride upon the bow and stern waves putting immense strain on the mid-section of the ship. At about 7.30am the ship simply broke in two and sank. Of the 79 on board only 12 survived in a single small lifeboat. Her commanding officer Lieut Bosworth-Smith and Mr Barnard were amongst the casulaties.