Black Watch & Vesterålen
On Friday afternoon I took the opportunity to take a few photos in and around Bergen. A selection of ships were in port, including Fred Olsen's Black Watch which departed for Newcastle at around 17:30.
Built in Finland for Royal Viking Line, Black Watch entered service in 1972 as Royal Viking Star. She has changed ownership several times throughout her career, with periods sailing as Westward for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and as Star Odyssey for Royal Cruise Line. In 1996 she transfered to the Fred Olsen fleet, with whom she has been sailing ever since.
Approaching the city centre later in the afternoon we passed Hurtigruten's Vesterålen underway.
Named after the first ship to sail with Hurtigruten in 1893, Vesterålen was built in Norway in 1983. She has a length of 108 metres and a passenger capacity of 510.
Coming into the harbour around Bryggen and the historic waterfront we saw a variety of ships. I have included a selection of photos below.
|Black Watch departs Bergen|
|Black Watch heads towards the Askøy Bridge|
|Vesterålen Departing Bergen|
|Vesterålen, operated by Hurtigruten|
|The offshore supply vessel Ocean Commander in Bergen|
|Ocean Response in the city, alongside a number of large private yachts|
|A selection of motor boats and sailing yachts, moored along Bryggen in the evening sunshine|