Captain John Bakewell

Until Sealink was acquired by Stena Line, Holyhead officers worked a rota of 24 hours on and 48 hours off.  These photos depict a typical summer routine starting with the 14.45 sailing from the Welsh port to Dun Laoghaire.

Capt Bakewell
Capt Bakewell

On the St Columba's bridge alongside in Holyhead at the start of 24hrs on duty.

C/O Chris Clowes, QM Reggie Thomas
C/O Chris Clowes, QM Reggie Thomas

Bringing the St Columba through Dublin Bay.

Capt Bakewell and C/O Chris Clowes
Capt Bakewell and C/O Chris Clowes

Bringing the St Columba around the South Burford Buoy.

Capt Bakewell
Capt Bakewell

Watching for yachts as the St Columba enters Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

A view from the bridge
A view from the bridge

The St Columba approaches the ramp at Dun Laoghaire.

Captain Bakewell
Captain Bakewell

Berthing the St Columba at the Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire.

Bow in at Dun Laoghaire
Bow in at Dun Laoghaire

Mooring operations underway.

20.45 sailing
20.45 sailing

St Columba leaves her berth sailing to Holyhead.

Almost midnight
Almost midnight

The St Columba approaches Holyhead Breakwater.