The autocarrier Aida has been a regular caller in Halifax for some time, but I got a slightly different angle on her today as she sailed. After her normal call at Autoport to unload cars, she moved over to pier 31 at noon time to unload a crawler crane, a truck crane and many components for them.
When she sailed at 1630 she was more broadside to Halifax than when she sails directly to sea from Autoport.
Pioneers in auto transport, Wallenius Lines built bulk carriers that could double as car carriers, thus earning freight revenue on what would otherwise have been costly ballast voyages. However as auto transport became more global, with cars moving both ways across oceans, they converted the bulk carriers to pure car carriers by adding multi-storey hangars above the main deck and car decks in the holds. To provide visibility over the bow, the hangars were stepped back from the bow and the bridge deck was raised.
And yes the herring gull on the ice chunk in the lower photo is no doubt a distant ancestor of the one observing from pier 42 today. Both photos were taken from almost exactly the same place.