25 May 2012

Le Boréal in Helsinki, 23 May 2012

Le Boréal

IMO 9502506
Built 2010, Fincantieri Ancona, Italy
Tonnage 10 700 GT
Length 142,00 m
Width 18,00 m
Draugth 4,70 m
Ice class 1C
264 passengers
264 berths
Diesels, combined 6 400 kW
2 propellers
1 bow thruster
Speed 16 knots

Le Boréal has become something of a permanent fixture in the Helsinki cruise scene, visiting the city several times every summer. And since it's such a sexy-looking ship, I seem to photograph it every summer at least  once. This year's at least once was yesterday (well, technically the day before yesterday as I'm writing this just past mightnight). So, photos of Le Boréal departing Helsinki on 23 May 2012, photographed from Kustaanmiekka (where else?). Click on the images to see in larger size.

Entering this Kustaanmiekka strait, with Helsinki's archipelago looking very photogenic in the spring colours.
Only a narrow angle for good photographs from this location, but you get nice foregrounds.
Through the strait, with only two onlookers at this point.
Cannons in the foreground and a surpisingly large bow wave for Le Boréal.


  1. Excellent shots, as usual.
    I notice You've changed the place taking photos in Suomenlinna.
    Nice to see different views for a change !


    1. Thank you for the compliment. To be fair this wasn't the first time I took photographs from this spot, though admittedly the places closer to the strait have been more common. The problem with this particular place is that you only get a limited angle for shots showing departing ships from a forward angle. It does give nice angles on arriving ships, but those are quite rare in the afternoon when the light comes from a good direction.