Monthly Archives: August 2013

Last working day of the pilot (2).

After departure the passengers ship ‘Colombus 2’ was accompanied by a vessel of the Port of Amsterdam. The Port of Amsterdam takes care of the safe passage of the passengers ship to the Noordzeekanaal. The Port of Amsterdam 5 brings a special salute to the pilot because of his last working day.


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Last working day of the pilot.

Yesterday I made a photo shoot of pilot Louis Oosterhuis at his last working day before retiring. It was on board of the passengers ship ‘Columbus 2’, length 180 meters and width 40 meters. The ship sailed from the Passengers Terminal in Amsterdam via the Noordzeekanaal and the locks of IJmuiden to the North Sea. We were heartly welcomed by the captain and his crew. Just after we started the last voyage we passed on starboard the EYE Filminstitute Netherlands ¬†and on port side the new Institute for Justice.

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The Forth Bridge by night.

At the other side of the Firth of Forth at North Queensferry we slept in a Bed & Breakfast right under the Forth Bridge. Every time when a train passed the Forth Bridge our beds were shaking. I was wondering how the bridge would look like at night. I had to wait a long time, but it was amazing. It looked like the bridge was on fire.

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The impressive Forth Bridge.

During our visit in Scotland to the association of Forth Pilots we also passed the impressive Forth Bridge. The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland. The bridge connects Scotlands capital city Edinburgh with Fife at North Queensferry. The bridge is, even today, regarded as an engineering marvel. It is 2.5 kilometres in length, and the double track is elevated 46 metres above the water level at high tide. The bridge was begun in 1883, took 7 years to complete, cost the lives of 98 men and nearly 58,000 tonnes of metal. I have never seen such an impressive bridge before.

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