Sail boats (A dull day on the Solent.)

These sailing boats reminded me of Rod Stewarts welll known song.

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I am sailing, home again ‘cross the sea. I am sailing,  stormy waters,
to be near you, to be free.

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Watch out for seagulls

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A return visit  to see the boats. At Beer Devon a small fleet of small fishing boats operate from the small cove. There is a wet fish hut sales of the daily catch is popular with both locals and visitor’s but watch out for seagulls.

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Quarry Cranes

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The hand operated cranes were originally designed for and used by the stone industry of Portland. After quarrying ceased in the area the cranes were mainly used by the local fisherman to lower their boats into the sea. The steel cranes you see today are later replacements for the original wooden cranes. Although still used until a few years ago when I recall seeing a fishing boat lifted out of the sea onto the bill today the cranes are scheduled monuments and appear no longer used.

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Portland Lighthouse from here it is just a short walk to the boat cranes

Moonfleet.

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Walking from our campsite at East Fleet Farm along the Fleet Lagoon you soon reach a tiny church. Today it is all that is left of the Moonfleet church that featured in J. Meade Falkner well known novel, Moonfleet. The church suffered badly when the sea came over the Chesil Bank in a storm on 24 November 1824. The nave of the old church was completely destroyed . All that remains has been turned into a tiny church, with odd  gravestones in the churchyard.

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Side by Side.

One of the most famous WW2 Battle of Britain fighter airfields is RAF Tangmere situated some 3 miles east of Chichester in West Sussex. Today the silent airfield hosts a military aircraft museum.

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Sea Vixen

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Vampire and Metor Jet Fighters of the 1960’s

I find it always worth visit to the village church close to any RAF airfield as  it’s  real history is recorded in the church yard.

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Side by Side ,German Stuka aircrew graves next to RAF aircrew graves at St Andrew’s Church Tangmere.