Balmoral & Saga Sapphire
It was just Balmoral in port on the 5th January 2014 and her usual 4.30pm departure time had first been changed to 5am on the 7th and then 8.30pm on the 5th as there was yet another storm about to pass through.  Meanwhile, Saga Sapphire had been due to arrive on the 6th but came early.  She was scheduled to dock at 8.30pm and picked up the tugs Wyestorm and Wyeforce to assist as they attempted to berth at City Terminal in strong winds.  They managed it eventually, all fast after 9pm.  Then Balmoral could move around 9.10pm, with help from Bentley and Apex.
To see photos of Sapphy sailing from Southampton at noon on the 7th, click here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 5th January 2014
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