Ferry ride between Shotley and Harwich, 2016
In 2011 I spent a lot of time on the opposite bank during an artist residency at Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, Suffolk, but had never viewed the fort, and the surrounding area, from the water. So I took the opportunity to take the ferry from Harwich to Felixstowe to get a good look of the land from the estuary. The ferry is a lovely little yellow boat, but it’s still a fair bit bigger than the ferries at Burnham-on-Crouch and Brightlingsea (which are well worth a ride). On the trip to Felixstowe it gets up really close to the container ships for an incredible view and an appreciation of how large they really are.
The ferry then returns to Harwich before setting off north for Shotley. This trip takes a little less time, but still gives you a great view of the harbour and surrounding buildings. I recorded the return trip to Harwich, which has been been edited slightly to take out the middle of the journey (continue the sound of the engine in your head) but keeps the departure, and arrival, with associated announcements.