The Globe has got their story wrong.
I was ON BOARD the Royal Daffodil during the whole incident, standing at the back corner of the vessel closest to the tanker as we veered away.
The Globe says a gap of 60 metres and both captains veered to starboard, here's what happened:
We on the Daffodil having watched the flypast from the Liverpool side of the Mersey continued to first the Seacombe and Birkenhead terminals to continue the passenger run. Upon leaving the Birkenhead terminal our heading was towards Pierhead(L'pool) and we noted a big red tanker coming up the mersey. Incidentally the name of the tanker was Ramira, ironic but no joke. Judging the speed of the tanker and the speed that the ferry was going myself, my dad and alot of the passengers started watching on in amazement as the ferry captain kept heading towards Pierhead, seemingly having no noticed the tanker. Alot of people were saying he was crazy if he was trying to get in front.
Closer and closer the two vessels came in the center of the Mersey until at around gap of 25-30 metres the tanker captain finally blew his horn and took evading action by steering to the starboard while the idiot ferry captain finally turned away to port! At their closest point the gap was around 20 metres and that was when both started turning away from each other.
I tell ya there were alot of older people on the ferry who, like myself, had come to watch the Navy flypast and they were appalled that the incident should ever have happened.
I took a video on my phone as we pulled away from the tanker, but since i am visiting my father I don't have the USB cable, but once I am back to my regular home I can try and Upload
the video for people to see. I might also have some digital images but my camera's battery was dead before we got really close hence a quick switchover to the phone.
It ended up the second most exciting thing of the day after the flypast which was just awesome!