HU4839 : I'm sure I heard a boat, dear

taken 7 years ago, near to Grindiscol, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

I'm sure I heard a boat, dear
I'm sure I heard a boat, dear
The Crown Princess visiting Lerwick is seen here passing Ham on Bressay and dwarfing the cottages there. The Crown Princess can cater for up to 3,080 passengers with 1,200 crew. Her engines produce a mere 19MW (equivalent to at least 6 large offshore wind turbines) which can propel her at up to 21.5 knots. She weighs in at 113,000 tons gross weight, is 951' (290m) long, 159' (48m) wide {118' (36m) at the waterline}, 195' (59m) high and draws 28' (8.5m). This last statistic being the reason that she couldn't actually get too close in to Lerwick harbour, so her stripy orange tenders were running a busy ferry service between ship and port.
The ship was launched in June 2006, and just one month later suffered a "serious listing incident" where she ended up listing up to 24° to starboard. Considerable (but easily repairable) damage was caused to her upper decks, with water rushing out of the on-board pools down the stairwells, and with furniture and furnishings crashing into people. Nearly 300 passengers received injuries, with 94 being transferred to hospital once the ship had returned to port. Fortunately despite the severe angle of list, no-one went overboard however, and none of the injuries was life-threatening, although fourteen passengers and crew were considered "seriously injured". An enquiry decided that this situation had been caused by human error on the bridge.
Since this unfortunate start to her career, she has had trouble-free service for nearly a decade.
Princess Cruises website page for her here LinkExternal link
See also HU4739 : Crown Princess outside Lerwick
Note: These cottages are quite a popular subject for Geograph - they can be seen in images by two other regular contributors - see HU4839 : Ham, Bressay (2008), HU4839 : Ham, Bressay (2009) & HU4839 : Ham (2013)
Bressay :: HU5040
The Isle of Bressay lies just off the eastern coast of Mainland, Shetland opposite the capital of Lerwick and effectively protecting that town and its harbour from the excesses of the weather. The sea between the two is the Sound of Bressay, and a regular ferry service plies the short trip between them.
Bressay is quite a large island being about 10.8 miles² (2805 ha) making it the 5th largest of the constituent islands of Shetland after Mainland, Yell, Unst and Fetlar. It has about 400 inhabitants, and some industry mostly the fish processing plant in the northwest of the island.
The highest point on the island is Ward of Bressay which achieves 741' (226m)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 31 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 November, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 487 397 [100m precision]
WGS84: 60:8.3726N 1:7.4033W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 494 398
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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