(The following log features extracts from the Ship’s Official Log Book, with the entries recorded by the Officer of the Watch on the Navigational Bridge - British Isles with Ruby Princess May 23 to June 4, 2013)
Throughout the evening Ruby Princess continued on her easterly heading towards Liverpool, boarding the local pilot at 01:36. We then made way up the Mersey Estuary and River to our berth. The current in the river is quite strong after the tide turns. Throughout the day we can expect up to 6 knots of current moving up or down the Mersey. Our First Line ashore was at 03:43, however due to a complicated mooring arrangement it took an hour to secure the ship safely alongside and open the gangways.
On departure Ruby Princess was given a grand farewell by Liverpool to commemorate her inaugural call to the port. After the firework show we let go our last line at 22:34 and then re-trace our courses out the narrow buoyed channel with 6 knots of current against us. On exiting the 14nm long channel we disembarked the pilot, at 23:54, to then set Northwesterly courses towards the home of Titanic, Belfast.
Weather experienced during the day:
Sky: Overcast Skies; Wind: Light Airs
Temperature: 16ºC/61ºF; Barometric Pressure: 1018,3 mb
Sunrise: 04:53; Sunset: 21:26