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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, July 28, 2006
    The dockside internationalist

    A world of exploration on the Manchester Ship Canal today.

    The Fure Nord, born in Shanghai's Edward Shipyard, its home Donsö in the southern Göteborg archipelago, a 16,000 tonne, 144 metre-long tanker, heading towards the Irish Sea after taking on its liquid cargo from Stanlow.

    Internationalist Graffiti - dockside tags from visiting seamen and their ships.

    The Dutch-Irish grain carrier Arklow Racer, speeding past our modest ferry. Many grain carriers on the canal today - it's harvest time.

    For company in Irlam Locks, some very English narrowboaters. And below, two Scousers in the overheated pool of globalization, Salford Quays...