Time and tide wait for no man

Original post January 16, 2015 By: Tom Owens

The relentless development of Felixstowe docks and the subsequent impact upon the Haven ports – Ipswich, and Harwich mirrors that old adage of the need to record an area within 6 months of getting there and to continue doing so as the landscape will have changed. Sometimes this is imperceptible, sometimes quite dramatic.

One change in developing the deep water berth at Languard was the removal of the jetty that the tugs used to moor on whilst waiting to shepherd their charges in and out of port. I miss this aspect of the new vista. I have always had a soft spot for the busy fussing about of tugs. Even at rest they have an air of latent energy about them.



This image was made using large format film.


Comments from original blog

Keith Locke · January 18, 2015 Reply

The scale of this subject ideally suits large format. Terrific image.

Tom · January 18, 2015 Reply

Thanks Keith,
I have been sitting on this for a while. I had forgotten that I had already printed it so it is now down at MF Frames getting all the treatment along with The Globe Before Daybreak. I was lucky with this longish exposure in that the tugs did not bob on their mooring. Some containers cradles are on the move though which is inevitable. I much prefer the old berth for the tugs. I doubt the dock company would let me in to shoot from the quayside.
Given Felixstowe has had such an impact on Ipswich, I have extended my remit to cover the river from Landguard to Ipswich.

Bob Farrer · January 26, 2015 Reply

Nice image, round the clock work to keep the consumer palaces full?

Tom · January 27, 2015 Reply

Thanks Bob.
It really is relentless and over 40% of our imports come through Felixstowe. Most of this heads West on a network that was not designed for such traffic. Huge impact on the local economy and national infrastructure.


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