Wednesday, 28 July 2010


While the Bockstiegel coaster A.B. BILBAO was loading scrap metal at Shieldhall, the Strahlmann coaster NORDERAU was also loading a similar cargo on the north bank at Diesel Wharf. She is seen here shortly after having canted in the river and begun her journey to sea, heading for Liverpool. NORDERAU is one of the numerous 'Rhein' class coasters of which Erwin Strahlmann acquired several examples at good prices following the availability of several incomplete ships once the River Danube re-opened to navigation around 2001.