Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Restored Temple of Vaccinia

The Restored Temple of Vaccinia
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

Copper Phoenix was able to obtain a grant to restore this Grade II* listed building. It was where Edward Jenner vaccinated the poor for free against smallpox.

It has been rethatched, repointed with lime mortar and a new leaded light window put in.


Monday, 18 April 2011

Purton Wrecks - Envoy

Purton Wrecks - Envoy
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

Looking like some sculpture, thi is the first wreck you meet.

These ships were placed here during the 20th Century to reinforce the river bank and protect the canal. See more info at www.friendsofpurton.org.uk/index.html

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Edward Jenner Museum Ghost

Edward Jenner Museum Ghost Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

On Easter Monday 2011 there will be guided tours of the Attic in The Chantry, Berekeley, where the ghost picture was taken given by Tim Davies of Copper Phoenix. To book see www.jennermuseum.com

Severn and Wye Railway Bridge Disaster

Severn and Wye Railway Bridge Disaster
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

Pictured here are the remains of the barges that exploded after crashing into the Severn and Wye Railway Bridge October, 1960.

Just off the foreshore at Purton, two John Harker owned tanker barges, Arkendale H and Wastdale H, carrying 296 tons of black oil and 351 tons of petroleum spirit respectively, collided with the Severn and Wye Railway Bridge. The collision and subsequent explosion not only caused irreparable damage to the bridge, bringing down one of the upright columns and two sections of span, but sadly caused five members of the barges crew to lose their lives and three others to have their lives changed forever.

The bridge was demolished in 1967

Friday, 15 April 2011

Scott & Shackleton's Centenary Trip

While doing some work for my client C The World I came across this awesome trip to the icy south. I'd love to go and see what Scott and Shackleton faced - thankfully in a far more secure way!
Ross Sea Antarctica - Scott & Shackleton's Centenary 
2012 Departure - January 21
This voyage covers some of the polar regions famously charted during the first race to the South Pole by pioneering explorers Scott and Shackleton exactly 100 years ago. The Ross Sea coast extends from the ice shelf northwards until it reaches the very tip of Victoria Land and Cape Adare. During our time in the Ross Sea Region we will attempt a variety of opportunistic landings, subject to weather conditions.

Bluff (Invercargill), New Zealand – Embark/Disembark

Latitude: 46°35'S
Longitude: 168°18'E

The largest urban centre in New Zealand's Southland is Invercargill, a city of 49,000 people. Visitors come to admire the elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, gardens and landscaped parks. The fishing port of Bluff is a half hour drive south from Invercargill and is home to the famous Bluff oyster and a lively annual seafood festival. From Bluff, visitors can catch a ferry to Stewart Island - a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you can readily see kiwi in their natural habitat. 

For guests embarking in Bluff we offer a complementary transfer from Invercargill to Orion on the day of Orion’s departure. The transfer is from the city centre departing at about 2pm. Subject to minimum numbers we will also offer a transfer from the Invercargill airport at times to coincide with flight arrivals. If we are able to confirm an airport transfer this will be advised on your travel documents, otherwise a taxi from the airport to the city centre is about $15.

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands – Scenic Zodiac Cruising

Latitude: 50°31'S 
Longitude: 166º17'E

Orion's guests will cruise in Zodiacs in Sandy Bay on Enderby Island at the northern end of Auckland Island, to view a large Hooker Sea Lion colony with pups all jostling for position. If we are fortunate, we may see the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin as they move to and from their nests in the forests beyond the beach.

Macquarie Island – Wet landing

Latitude: 54°29'S
Longitude: 158°56'E

Often described as one of the "wonder spots" of the world, the sub-Antarctic island of Macquarie has been said to rival South Georgia in its magnificence, scenic diversity and prolific wildlife. Designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1933 and a World Heritage Site in 1977, Macquarie now operates a full-time manned station where biological and meteorological research is conducted. The station, located on the isthmus at Buckles Bay, is from where we will collect the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife rangers who will be our guides.


Sandy Bay, situated halfway down the island's eastern seaboard, is our planned landing site. The Zodiacs will traverse breakwaters of giant kelp before reaching rocky beaches where landing conditions can best be described as "wet and challenging". Once ashore you'll find the bay, with its rugged backdrop of mountains and tussock covered headlands, is home to 20,000 breeding pair of royal penguins, king penguins, rock hopper penguins, gentoo penguins and elephant seals. This profusion of wildlife wasn't always so protected, the rusting remains of machinery used by whalers being stark reminders of the exploitation which took place on the island during its early history.

Ross Sea Region

This southernmost expanse of the Pacific Ocean was named after James Clark Ross who first explored the area in 1841 with two ships, Erebus and Terror.

As seas go, this one is quite shallow and is bounded in the east by the coastal mountains of Victoria Land and in the south by the Ross Ice Shelf. The shelf is a flat topped body of snow covered glacial ice about the size of France which largely floats except along the coastlines. The southern part of the Ross Sea is not navigable for some 9 months of the year and over the summer season between January and March very few ships venture here, and those that do principally supply the various scientific stations.

The Ross Sea coast extends from the ice shelf northwards until it reaches the very tip of Victoria Land and Cape Adare. During our time in the Ross Sea Region we will attempt a variety of opportunistic landings, subject to weather conditions. These may include -

Cape Hallett - Wet landing

Latitude: 72°19'S
Longitude: 170º16'E

Following an intricate approach to Cape Hallett through thick pack ice, we land to inspect the site of an abandoned US/New Zealand base established during the International Geophysical Year in 1957-58. It is a magnificent area with giant glaciers and surrounding mountains of over 4,000 metres. Weddell Seals and Adelie Penguins abound.

Cape Terra Nova Bay - Wet landing
Latitude: 75°80'S
Longitude: 164º24'E

First discovered by Scott during his 1901-1904 expedition, the site is now occupied by an Italian base which operates a summer research station. If permission is granted, we hope to visit the base. It is then intended to cruise by the massive Drygalski ice tongue, which extends 70km out into the Ross Sea as part of the David Glacier.

Inexpressible Island – Wet landing
Latitude: 74°54'S
Longitude: 163º43'E

Home to a small Adelie Penguin rookery this low bleak Island is the site of an amazing story of survival where Scotts Northern party were forced to over-winter in a snow cave. Two plaques mark the site of the cave were the men suffered until their departure on the 30th September 1912 for Ross Island across the sea ice. This is a rarely visited site which is challenging to access but if a visit is successful it is not hard to imagine why the men called this place “Hell with a capital H.”

Cape Evans - Wet landing
Latitude: 77°38'S
Longitude: 166º24'E

Scott's 1911 Terra Nova Hut is the largest historic building in Antarctica. Used in the 1910 to 1913 British Antarctic Expedition, it served as the base for extensive scientific research and surveys as well as Scott's journey to the South Pole. Much of Scott's equipment is well preserved and it is hoped we can enter the hut with guides. Shredded seaweed sown into Jut quilting is used as an insulating layer between the inner and outer cladding of the wood hut. Ten men of Shackleton's ill-fated imperial trans-Antarctic expeditions were marooned here in 1915 after their ship Aurora was blown out to sea and unable to return. Two of Aurora's anchors remain to this day on the beach in front of the hut. Entering the hut provides a window into the historic age of Antarctic exploration and discovery.

Cape Royds - Wet landing
Latitude: 77°32'S
Longitude: 166º12'E

Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds was constructed during the British Antarctic Nimrod Expedition in 1907-1909. Unable to land at King Edward VII Island, he then entered McMurdo Sound. Ice conditions prevented him reaching Hut Point, the site of Scott's hut, so he selected Cape Royds for winter quarters. Adelie Penguins are slowly reclaiming the site which is the world's southernmost penguin rookery. The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust conservation program has successfully conserved a substantial number of fascinating artifacts in this hut, in such a way that at first sight the hut appears to have only recently been abandoned.

Possession Islands - Wet landing
Latitude: 71°56'S
Longitude: 171º10'E

Subject to sea and ice conditions, we hope to make a landing at the rarely visited small and craggy Possession Islands. One of these, Foyn Island, is covered with Adelie Penguins. The islands were discovered by James Clark Ross and Francis Crozier in 1841 during their expedition to locate the south magnetic pole.

Cape Adare - Wet landing
Latitude: 71°17'S
Longitude: 170º10'E

Cape Adare was discovered by Captain James Ross in 1841. We plan to visit Borchgrevink's Hut from the British Southern Cross Expedition, the first to ever spend winter in the Antarctic, in 1899. Up to 1,000,000 Adelie Penguins have reclaimed the site, which is spectacular, surrounded by black volcanic hills. High above the huts is the lonely grave and cross of Borchgrevink's biologist.


Campbell Island – Wet landing

Latitude: 52°33'S 
Longitude: 169º09'E

Campbell Island was first discovered in January 1810 by Captain Frederick Hasselburg, master of the sealing brig, Perseverance. He named the island after his employers Robert Campbell and Co. of Sydney and sadly drowned later that year after a boat capsized in Perseverance Harbour. Campbell is a volcanic island with fascinating rock formations. 50 years ago, between 2 and 3 million Rock Hopper Penguins were nesting on the island but since then 90% have been decimated by bacterial infection. Less than 20 pairs of Wandering Albatross nest are found here. Approximately 8,500 pairs of Royal Albatross and about 74,000 pairs of Black Browed Mollymawk also call the island home. Over 40 other breeds of birds including the Southern Royal Albatross have also been observed on Campbell Island.

Snares Islands, New Zealand – Scenic Zodiac Cruising

Latitude: 47°60'S
Longitude: 166°35'E

Two small rocky islands, North East and Broughton, comprise The Snares, the closest sub-Antarctic islands to New Zealand. The islands are covered with heavy tussock grass and wind-beaten forests of tree daisies. Weather permitting we'll launch our Zodiacs for an exploration of the sheltered eastern coastline as the island's wildlife protection program precludes landings. The Snares are home to huge numbers of breeding birds, 99 recorded species including albatross, Antarctic Terns and Snares Crested Penguins.

For guests disembarking in Bluff we offer a complementary transfer from Orion to Invercargill on the day of arrival. The transfer is to the city centre, or to the Invercargill airport.


Although our itinerary to the extreme sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions is based on many years of collective experience, prevailing weather and ice conditions in this area of the world are unpredictable, mother nature dictates our course. These are not cruises they are true expeditions to what can be the most inhospitable region on earth. Bring with you a spirit of adventure and flexibility.



For more information contact:


  C The World


 01454 634 070



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Musketry - 42nd Regiment: The Black Watch

Musketry - 42nd Regiment: The Black Watch
Originally uploaded by CopperPhoenix

This photo proves very popular in short bursts on Flickr, according to the stats, but I don't know why there is lots of interest, then none.

Friday, 1 April 2011

1st April 2011

Sorry! Welcome to the morning of April 1st 2011. Enjoy the rest of the day!


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