Copper Jack – Arrival in Swansea

After a number of delays (mainly due to changes in Maritime Coastguard Agency regulations), on Friday 30th May 2014, Copper Jack was loaded onto a purpose built boat transporter and started the 8 hour, escorted journey to Swansea.

The following pictures show track the journey from Colecraft to Swansea, the launching into Swansea Docks and the journey through ABP’s sea-going lock and back into the Marina.

N&A James' crane preparing to lift Copper Jack into the water for her first time!

N&A James’ crane preparing to lift Copper Jack into the water for her first time!

Copper Jack arriving at Swansea Docks.  Unfortunately having arrived at the old entrance (which is now permanently locked), the haulier now has to reverse this wide / long load back down the approach road to the roundabout - watching out for the Learner drivers who keep popping out of nowhere!

Copper Jack arriving at Swansea Docks. Unfortunately having arrived at the old entrance (which is now permanently locked), the haulier now has to reverse this wide / long load back down the approach road to the roundabout – watching out for the Learner drivers who keep popping out of nowhere!

Charles, Pete and John (in Hi Viz and Hard Hats) awaiting the arrival of Copper Jack

Charles, Pete and John (in Hi Viz and Hard Hats) awaiting the arrival of Copper Jack

Gary Cole and Malcolm waiting in anticipation for the imminent arrival of Copper Jack

Gary Cole and Malcolm waiting in anticipation for the imminent arrival of Copper Jack

Having found the entrance to Swansea Docks, Copper Jack makes her entrance

Having found the entrance to Swansea Docks, Copper Jack makes her entrance

Boat hauliers AB Tuckey arrive at Swansea Docks with a very welcome Copper Jack - overhanging the lorry just a little bit!

Boat hauliers AB Tuckey arrive at Swansea Docks with a very welcome Copper Jack – overhanging the lorry just a little bit!

Copper Jack's propeller, stern thruster and shaped rudder

Copper Jack’s propeller, stern thruster and shaped rudder

Not sure if anyone will see this Long Vehicle sign when Copper Jack is in the water ;-)

Not sure if anyone will see this Long Vehicle sign when Copper Jack is in the water 😉

Does my bum look big on this?

Does my bum look big on this?

Gary Cole (Colecraft - Boat Builder) and James Pratt (Naval Architect)

Gary Cole (Colecraft – Boat Builder) and James Pratt (Naval Architect)

One of the many bolt-on sacrificial anodes

One of the many bolt-on sacrificial anodes

Copper Jack suspended over the quayside

Copper Jack suspended over the quayside

Locating the crane slings to ensure Copper Jack is lifted evenly

Locating the crane slings to ensure Copper Jack is lifted evenly

Sign writing on port side stern

Sign writing on port side stern

One of two hydraulic powered thrusters to provide lateral movement

One of two hydraulic powered thrusters to provide lateral movement

Port side fin to provide greater stability and maneuverability when negotiating windier weather and stronger river currents

Port side fin to provide greater stability and maneuverability when negotiating windier weather and stronger river currents

Copper Jack suspended over the quayside

Copper Jack suspended over the quayside

Please don't drop her now!

Please don’t drop her now!

Copper Jack about to be lowered into the water

Copper Jack about to be lowered into the water

I hope that water's not too cold!

I hope that water’s not too cold!

It wasn't so bad after all!

It wasn’t so bad after all!

ABP Pilot waiting patiently in lock waiting for Copper Jack to arrive.

ABP Pilot waiting patiently in lock waiting for Copper Jack to arrive.

Copper Jack following Pilot boat out of ABP's sea-going lock

Copper Jack following Pilot boat out of ABP’s sea-going lock

Losing the light as rain clouds descend as Copper Jack heads out to open sea

Losing the light as rain clouds descend as Copper Jack heads out to open sea

With dark clouds and rain falling, Copper Jack has second thoughts about heading to the open sea and turns towards Swansea

With dark clouds and rain falling, Copper Jack has second thoughts about heading to the open sea and turns towards Swansea

Heading to calmer waters, Copper Jack comes into Tawe Lock

Heading to calmer waters, Copper Jack comes into Tawe Lock

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