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- Trip to North Wales
- The National Memorial Arboretum War Memorial
- Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission) cemetery at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire
- More Lighthouses
- Natural History around the South Coast
Spitfire flying over Southampton Water July 2016
Our recent boat trip on the Solent to see the sea forts included passing St Helen’s Fort the smallest fort in the chain of sea forts and is closest to the Isle of Wight. At very low tides there is a causeway that you can walk out to get a close up view of this fort. It’s main task was to protect the St Helen’s anchorage. It suffered very badly from subsidence which forced changes to the number of both to the fort and the guns fitted to the fort in ended up with x 2 10-inch muzzle loading guns.
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No Man’s Land Fort in the Solent was built as part of Lord Palmerston’s defence of Portsmouth The fort was built between 1867 and 1880. Today it is luxury accommodation. It was used in 1972 for a location for Dr Who & the sea Devils
The white lighthouse tower at Flamborough was built in 1806 and acts as a marker for deep sea coastal traffic as well as marking the risks from Flamborough Head for vessels heading for the ports of Scarborough and Bridlington. Calling here again today we were able to ascend the tower which was open for a planned school party visit later in the afternoon.
A fair wind on Southampton Water & a rather nice set of sail taking advantage of the fantastic weather. Time seems to stand still when you see an old style yacht in full sail.
Support the Lifeboats
A nice Sunset over Southampton Water from Titchfield Haven last evening. (24/05/16) Most people had gone home just a few fishermen enjoying there sport.
East Cliff top station
Our visit to the Funicular railway at Hasting came with a surprise yesterday over the years I have been up the East Cliff a number of times but we chose the wrong week it was closed for annual maintenance work. However the surprise on talking to the maintenance man was Hastings has second Funicular railway. The West Cliff railway that was running and situated only about ½ a mile along the seafront, tucked between the shops was the station. This ride up is through a tunnel. At the top was a café a close enough to walk to Hastings castle.
West Cliff Funicular
The Dover Patrol was formed in WW1 as unit of the Royal Navy part of which was based at Dover. It’s main task was to prevent enemy shipping most importantly submarines from entering the English Channel on their way to the Atlantic Ocean.The Patrol forced the German Navy to travel a much longer route around Scotland to the Atlantic which was covered by the Northern Patrol. After the war, a fund was set up to erect a memorial to the Dover Patrol.