Most ships coming and going from Halifax tend to align their movements with the normal working day of longshoremen to avoid overtime rates if they can. Now that we are back to Standard Time it will be dark for many ship arrivals and departures until February, making it difficult shooting for this shipwatcher. Fortunately some ships vary from the norm by spending less than a full day in port - nevertheless the days are short so it is essential to take every opportunity. So it was that I was poised for the midday departure of the autocarrier Swift Ace. (Why Swift? - not sure!)
My regrets about the fading light of dusk are aptly summed up in the first stanza of the ode Landlocked by Celia Thaxter, written as long ago as 1861.