The tide last night was just over 11 meters (1meter above normal for this time of year) and we'd been told by the harbour master's office to contact Netham Lock for more details. When we rang the lock keeper he told us that the lock gates wouldn't be left open until at least 12:30; so it was a bit of a 'lie-in' this morning as we didn't want to hang around at Netham because mooring is in short supply there.
So it was about 11 when we were preparing to untie the ropes when I went up onto the back deck and saw this ....
... so this is what we would have seen had we stayed down at Cumberland Basin last night
Navy obviously ...
... and coming straight for us!
Dignitaries are on board - looks like the Lord Mayor of Bristol
... 30mm gun and sailors on parade ...
... and machine guns too!
She carries 45 Navy personnel, 5 of which are officers
The rear deck as she passes us ...
... and continues upstream.
What a lucky fantastic sight that was - although I wish that we'd seen her arrive last night through the sea locks.
This one had also sunk well under the water (this picture taken on 25th August on the way downstream)
Other than the above we had an uneventful cruise to Bitton Bridge where we had the whole 24-hour mooring pontoon to ourselves! BBQ out and a nice relaxing evening in a very peaceful setting tonight!
We have thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days in Bristol Harbour - the best city mooring ever!