musings while allatsea

Musings of a curious individual

Month: July 2013

Eddystone and her sisters

Regular callers in Southampton are ships of the Point Class Sealift Vessels, which are available for use as naval auxiliaries to the British Armed Forces. There are six of them in total, four of which were built in Germany, the balance at Harland and Wolff. There is usually one of two of them berthed up at Marchwood Piers, and this past week I watched Eddystone sail from Southampton en route to the Falklands. 
 
Of the six in service I have seen four (Anvil Point, Eddystone, Hurst Point, Hartland Point), and they are not unattractive ships at all.
Hurst Point

Hurst Point

Anvil Point

Anvil Point

Eddystone

Eddystone

 
Hartland Point

Hartland Point

Its usually nice to see a pair of them in together because of the symmetry that they present when viewed from some angles.

Hartland Point and Hurst Point

Hartland Point and Hurst Point

Anvil Point and Eddystone

 

They are also capable of coming alongside without using a tug, and watching Eddystone unberth herself was a really short exercise because she was out of there like a shot inspite of the wind that was creating havoc.

 

I was finally able to see Hartland Point sailing, and I have really enjoyed seeing these sisters come and go. They are almost fixtures and Southampton seems empty without at least one of them. The other two ships (Longstone and Beachy Head) have not been in Southampton during my time here, but I believe they are on a long term charter in the Baltic Sea.

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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:20

Walking around Winchester.

On Thursday 25 I had to go for a job interview in Winchester, and decided to do some sightseeing along the way. According to my handy search engine it is 12 miles away, which is really a quick train journey on the train that goes to London. Winchester is famous for a song written about its famous cathedral. And it was this cathedral that I really wanted to see. I had paused briefly in the town en route to Southampton in April 2013 and managed a pic through the window of the coach

Winchester seen through the coach window

Oddly enough I never saw the statue of King Alfred the Great, which stands close to the site of the city’s medieval East Gate when I visited the town on this occasion. The place I was supposed to be wasn’t too far away so I had 2 hours to mess around, and naturally I would be on the lookout for graves, memorials and churches (of which Winchester has a fine crop). The train trip takes about 15 minutes, and the approach to Winchester is through a wooded valley with high road bridges overhead.
 
From the station I set out for the edge of the city centre; I had a vague idea where the cathedral was in relation to it so any deviation from my route wouldn’t be a disaster. 
 
The City is an old one and at one point it was the capital of England. Today it is more tourist attraction than anything else, and its host of old buildings are pleasing to the eye (and lens). Unfortunately the weather was grey and gloomy, but by the time I finished with my interview it had started to clear and the sun was shining. 
 
This magnificent building, called “Castle Hill” is home to the council chambers, basing and portal meeting rooms, and interestingly enough the building on the left (“Westgate”) is very similar to the Bargate in Southampton. On the East side of this building the ruins of the former castle are still evident. It is  really a very pretty space, but I did not have too much time to tarry, so heading onwards down one of the historic streets looking for the cathedral. I did expect to see a spire sticking out above everything else, but did not see one.

Eventually though I turned the corner and there she was: magnificent, as only a really old cathedral could be. There was no real spire either (which was a surprise), but there were two war memorials in site, as well as a churchyard. I just wish the weather was kinder. 
 
The problem with buildings like this is that they are so vast you need to be really far from it to appreciate it in one glimpse, but then you loose the finer intricacies that these structures are riddled with. Like most (probably all), cathedrals it is roughly in a form of a cross, dominated by a really magnificent entrance through which hordes of tourists were crowding to get into. I detoured to pick up my two war memorials and walked around the one side and through part of the graveyard which is now a park dotted with tombstones and people. 
 
On my way home later; parts of the grounds were quieter so I have interchanged some of the images. Unfortunately parts of the building are covered in scaffolding as restoration continues, and I was not able to get past the gated area where the more important graves seemed to be.
 
The building is very ornate and I am sure that if buildings could talk this one would have a lot to say. It was also not possible to walk completely around the building, so I gave up for the morning and headed off to my interview.

Having completed my interview it was time to head back to the station, and with better weather attempt some better pics. I had noticed that there was a lot of flowing water in the area, and it turns out that this is part of the River Itchen which finally flows out into Southampton Water within walking distance of where I stay.
 
I also saw the home of the Bishop of Winchester, 
  
and the house where Jane Austen “lived her last days”. She is connected to Southampton too, although she is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
 
I was soon back at the Cathedral, and with better light could at least appreciate what I was seeing much better than before. 
  
 
Each of the flying buttresses seem to have been donated and were engraved accordingly and it was fascinating to see them up close. 
 
 
The graves on this side were very tantalising, but the only one I was able to really identify was that of Frank Theodore Woods, who was the 88th Bishop of Winchester. 
Unfortunately time was catching me and I decided to head closer towards the station area, but ended up taking a different route to what I had taken originally. 
 
 
 
 
In my meanderings I had also seen references to “Military Museums”, but they had all pointed in the opposite direction to where I was heading, and I hoped that I would at least be able to pick up that trail once again. The first museum I discovered by accident, and it was the museum of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, now housed at “Serle’s House”.
 
I continued through the area, trying to find my way out of a labyrinth of an estate that may have been barracks at some point, finally coming out at West Hill Cemetery, which I had a quick look around. It was a surprisingly pretty cemetery that follows the contours of the hill it was built on
I did not find any really exciting graves in it, so decided to head back towards the railway line that I had crossed before, towards the station. Crossing back over on one of those three road bridges I had seen before.
I came out at an area that I had overlooked previously and  this was where my military museums were. They included the Ghurka, Light Infantry, and Hussar Museums. However, I was running a tad late as these were all closing for the day. So it was back to finding the station again, only this time I ended up inside the Great Hall I had seen earlier in the morning.
 

This is supposedly the finest surviving Medieval great hall, which contains the legendary “round table”. Personally I felt like it looked like a giant dart board.
And then I came out at the “Castle Hill”, and then I knew where I was, having arrived at this point earlier in the morning.

The station wasn’t too far off from here,
And then a quick bit of train spotting while I waited, and by 16H30 I was back home.

It had been an interesting day, and an interesting city with a long history. I did like the many old buildings, but did not like the fact that behind that old facade were many of the fashionista brand names that had taken them over. It almost seems like sacrilege.

As for the interview? I did get the position, but unfortunately the job was extremely convoluted and involved travel to places that were often with no access to public transport, and I ended up resigning from it following a very odd phone call from one of the “managers”.

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Updated: 13/04/2018 — 08:34

All that is left.

Southampton likes to boast of its connection to the ill fated Titanic, and there is evidence all around the city, some hearkening back to 1912, and some created to cash in on the interest around the ship. I have dealt with the memorials and graves already at my webpage. This blogpost is more about the odds and ends that are neither. 
 
Just up the road from me is….
 
and it is very close to…..
This is a newish area, and it could be that it is land cleared after the war. The railway line that runs into the docks is just behind this area, and it comes out alongside berth 43 and runs up to QEII Terminal which would have been the Test Quays in 1912. The boat train probably travelled along this railway line to pull up alongside ships berthed at 42, 43 and 44, I suspect there must be a branch out to where the Ocean Terminal is today (Berth 46 and 47)
 
Carpathia Court is also very close to the harbour, but again it is on a newish development. 
  
And on the subject of the Carpathia, Captain Arthur Rostron used to have a house up in West End, and there is a close named after him. 
 
His house also has a plaque in his honour. 
 
It is not all about plaques and street names though, some of the buildings that are mentioned in various books about the Titanic still exist. “The Grapes” is a local pub that was frequented by members of the crew, it isn’t too far from dock gate 4, although it doesn’t face the harbour. However, the city did look very different then compared to now, and it must have still been quite a run (while full of beer) to the berth to catch your ship. 

 
Dominating the skyline very close to here is South Western House. In 1912 this hotel was where many of the richer passengers took up lodging before boarding the ship. It also bordered on what was then the Terminal Station (now called Genting Club), so could have been a very noisy and smokey place in 1912. Today it is high priced apartments. 
 
Interestingly enough, Union-Castle Line had their offices just across the street from this building. It is also a short 2 block walk to the headquarters of the former White Star Line in Canute Street. 
 
Very close to The Grapes is the White Star Tavern, although in 1912 it was known as the Alliance Hotel, which was used by some of the passengers before they embarked on the ship. It is interesting that it is now named after the defunct shipping line that owned the Titanic.

Not too far from this area is a new housing development, and it too has been branded with the Titanic. A very nice mural adorns the one wall of the flats, sadly, a guy with a strange hat also adorns the parking lot…
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To make matters worse, close to St Michael’s Church is “The Titanic”, a pub named after the ship.
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The QE2 Mile has a number of plaques referring to historical events set into the pavement, two of them relate to the Titanic.
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Close to the SeaCity museum is the Millvina Dean Memorial Garden. Millvina was the youngest Titanic survivor, as well as the last living one. She passed away on 31 May 2009

The biggest piece of “Titanica” in the city is the SeaCity Museum with its overly large Titanic display that dominates any other reference to the maritime history of the city. And if you like that sort of thing then so be it. For me the most meaningful part of the city and the long lost liner is the berth that she sailed from in the Eastern Docks.
 
It is hard to visualise this spot 100 years ago, the ships then looked very differently from what they do today, and they did not have the ability to berth and unberth without the aid of tugs. There would also be a pall of smoke over the docks from all the coal burning ships and trains. The view below is looking into the Ocean Dock area, and the orange bollards mark where the Titanic was alongside.
 

 

I am sure there are other references in Southampton, so I will probably add them in as I find them. The city back then was very different to what it is now, yet there are elements of it from 1912 that still survive, especially amongst the older buildings, and of course the old city walls. The big change probably came as a result of the Blitz, when portions of the city were destroyed by bombing.

Unfortunately Southampton is more renown as being the place where the Titanic sailed from as opposed to the premier port where North Atlantic liners sailed from, or where the Union-Castle mailships used to sail from. 
 
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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:22

Random Shipwatch. THV Patricia

This is one ship I have always taken a fancy to, possibly because of the interesting work that she does, but also because she is one of those unique vessels that are often overlooked by people in favour of the latest floating blocks of flats with a pointy end. 
 
I was out on Friday 19 June when she arrived, and when I got home discovered that she was in Southampton at 104, and was due to sail at 14H00. I quickly gathered my stuff and hurtled down to Town Quay to see the situation. She was this seemingly small dot sitting in the space between AIDAstella and Adonia, and I really regret not going down to Mayflower Park to have a look from there. But, she was supposed to sail almost as I arrived and I didn’t want to be caught in the middle. Adonia is considered a small ship, but even she dwarfed Patricia. 
 
Her usual stomping grounds are the Coast of England and Wales as well as the Channel Islands. Her duties include the repair and maintenance of navigational aids as well as the positioning and deployment of marine equipment. She is a multi-tasker, and one of those ships that performs a vital role in keeping sea lanes safe and marked. She came into service in 1982 and is operated by Trinity House
 
14H00 came and went, and still she did not move. I rechecked my data and her sailing had been moved to 14H30. As usual I spent that time photographing odd things and muttering about tardiness and being late. 14H30 came, and she still did not move. By now I was almost ready to head down to Mayflower Park and urge her on a bit. At roughly 14H45 she started to move, and being so small it was hard to pick her out amongst the clutter.
  
It was round about this time when I was having a minor war with a bee that was not amused by me being at Town Quay and I ended up being half stung. I suspect that somewhere at Town Quay there is a half dead bee flying around with his sting still attached to his body. 
  
 
Make no mistake about it, she is a working ship, and has all the bits and bobs of a vessel that performs an essential service. She has accommodation for 12 passengers, and these used to be amongst the most sought after berths for people who prefer real ships to cruise ships. She also carries a helicopter on her helipad, but between when she arrived and when she sailed she seemed to have change from a red helicopter to a yellow one.  For some reason she reminds me of another small working vessel: the RMS St Helena
 
Then she was past me and I  could chalk her off on my list while I watched her sail past QEII terminal. I know I would sail on her like a shot because of her interesting voyages, but also because she is a working vessel of the old school of ship design. She is already over 30 years old and I have not heard of a replacement being built. But Trinity House does operate two other vessels: THV Galatea and THV Alert, and Galatea is probably her replacement. 
THV Galatea

THV Galatea

And that was the Patrica, yet another favourite of mine. Definitely a good looking vessel, and I was so glad to see her before she too became redundant or surplus tonnage. Long may she be with us. 
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Updated: 20/04/2018 — 12:55

Rietfontein just wont go away.

Last year I was fortunate enough to do a lot of grave hunting in the Rietfontein area, and blogged about it on a number of occasions. For those that are not aware of it, this small piece of Johannesburg is the site of at least 4 cemeteries associated with the Rietfontein Infectious Diseases Hospital.

 

It is a very pristine and unchanged environment which is only really marred by people who use it as a dump site. There are also in excess of 7000 people buried on the site. I was able to catalogue 3 individual burial areas with headstones, but was unable to really know the extent of the burial areas, or where the other burial areas were situated. From what I read there was a Jewish Cemetery, a Plague Cemetery and a burial area where diseased animals were buried.  My last visit was in late November last year, and I recall that I did feel that all it really took was the wrong person at the wrong time with the wrong motive. 

 
The irony is that squatters will not even settle on this piece of land, so it must have something to hide? 
 
However, I did receive a link today that pointed to somebody who was going to develop on this site. There was mention of two schools, a community and youth centre, low cost housing, a police station and so forth. All, at no cost to the government. Assuming the link doesn’t go down you can read about it here . I can hear myself saying “I told you so” all the way in the UK! (Link still active 03/2016)
 
I won’t comment further, except to say that when they turn the soil I want to be very far away. I don’t know what the life of pathogens is like in soil, but I don’t think I would like to find out, because the people who are buried at Rietfontein did not die of old age, and it wasn’t called an infectious diseases hospital because they didn’t have another name for it. 
 
Let us see how far this goes. I bet that quite a few people are smiling all the way to the bank already. 
 
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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:23

The Spitfire Legacy

Southampton is Supermarine territory. That most famous of World War 2 fighters was born in this town and there are a number of references to it. I believe that the Supermarine assembly plant used to be on the one bank of the Itchen River where the Itchen Bridge currently is and  and it is possible that some of the original factory buildings are still there. Further up towards Southampton Airport is the South Stoneham Cemetery, and within its walls/hedges/fences is buried RJ Mitchel, the man who designed this iconic aircraft. 
 
There are a number of interesting references to the aircraft in and around Southampton, and I have not found all of them yet.  The most obvious one of course is the sculpture of the original K5054 that may be found on a roundabout at Southampton Airport. Formerly Eastleigh Aerodrome, it was the site of the first flight of the aircraft in March 1936.
 
 
Reginald Mitchell is buried in South Stoneham Cemetery, which is on the approach path to Southampton airport, and while he died in 1937, he never lived to see the formidable aircraft that it turned out to be.
A bit further away, near Hamble-Le-Rice, is the Air Transport Auxiliary Memorial, and its main artwork is yet another Spitfire in all its glory. 
 
Oddly enough, there is only one example of the real aircraft in Southampton, and that is at Solent Sky Museum close to the harbour. 
 
 
This particular aircraft, a MK24 (PK683), was one of twenty seven converted from MK22’s. It would have been powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engine. Interestingly enough, the museum also houses Supermarine S6A.
Finally, the Spitfire is also remembered at a complex called “Spitfire Close” which is almost on top of where where the original Supermarine factory used to be on the Itchen River. A Spitfire has been laid out in paving bricks, and at ground level may not be too noticeable, but from the bridge that towers above it you can plainly see the iconic wing shape of the legendary aircraft. 
 
There is a Memorial Plaque in front of the paving.

The whole complex has a Supermarine motief.

Although the real cherry on the cake is outside the complex, and I would have missed it if I had not known it was there.

The plaque is not easy to read, but in essence it reads:

In Memory of the Designer of the Legandary Spitfire Aircraft
REGINALD JOSEPH MITCHELL 1895-1937
On this site the first Spitfire was built by The Supermarine Aviation
Works (Vickers) Limited. Spitfires and their pilots played a decisive 
Part in the Battle of Britain 1940. This plaque was unveiled by
Mr Alan Clifton M.B.E.  BSr  FRAES

I do know there is a Spitfire House somewhere in Southampton, as well as a harbour launch called Spitfire, although I suspect Seafire would have been more appropriate.
And there is this strange mural on a subway wall near the stadium.

But I wonder what it was like all those years ago when the first Spitfire took off from Eastleigh and soared in the sky above, I am sure nobody recognised that a legend had been born.  

 
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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:23

Random Shipwatch. Eurocargo Bari.

When I worked Adonia a few weeks back,  berthed bow to bow with her was a really odd ship, crammed full of cars and nothing that I was familiar with at the time. Unfortunately she also sailed before I got a chance to see her, but, by the next day I knew she was called Eurocargo Bari and carried the Grimaldi Lines logo on her side.

A relatively new build (2012), she is registered in Palermo, and there seem to be at least 9 similar sisters. She was scheduled to be alongside at 105 on the 16th of July and I made the trip to Town Quay just to see her. Strangely enough Grande Europa, also of Grimaldi was at 104, so there may be some sort of tie in between the two ships. 

 
 
She has a capacity of 400 vehicles and can carry 12 passengers. Considering the size of her accommodation I really thought she would have had more passenger space.
 
  
 
With the ship past it was almost time to head off home again. Ironically there are currently 3 Italian registered ships occupying the 106-104 Berths at the Western Docks (MSC Opera, Eurocargo Bari, Grande Europa). 
 
An interesting interlude, and a very different ship to the usual mob of square car carriers we seem to get in Southampton. 
  
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Updated: 20/04/2018 — 12:56

Random Churchyards: Jesus Chapel, Pear Tree Lane.

 

Once again an accidental discovery, and one that has a surprisingly interesting history. Jesus Chapel is situated close to Scholing, Woolston and Bitterne, although I came through Scholing to get to it. It has the unique distinction of being the first new church to be built in England after the English Reformation, and is the oldest Anglican church anywhere in the world. 
 
The original buildings date to 1618 and it was dedicated in 1620. although in its current form it is difficult to know what is original and what was added over the many years that it has been in existence. There is quite a large graveyard surrounding the church, and that was really where my interest was. However, the church does tie in with St Mary’s in Southampton, as well as the famous Holy Rood Church. It was not destroyed during the blitz either and while not exactly a massive cathedral is really quite famous in its own right
 
I visited the graveyard on two separate occasions, and it was very overgrown the first time around. However, it does have some very nice headstones although their legibility is not very good. 
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The back on the church is still being used as a Garden of Remembrance, although I suspect burials today are carried out at St Mary’s Extra Cemetery, South Stoneham Cemetery, or even Hollybrook. 
 
The one interesting memorial found within its grounds is one dedicated to Richard Parker, who was part of the crew of the yacht Mignonette which sank in 1884. He holds the dubious distinction of having been eaten by his fellow castaways. The case made legal history, and Richard Parker went down in the history books. Recently his name was used in the movie “Life of Pi” which also features a shipwreck as well as a hungry tiger. 
 
One of the more impressive monuments in the graveyard is that of the Rosoman family. It somehow does not really fit in with the graveyard. It is the sort of memorial I would have expected to find in Southampton Old Cemetery.
 
 
My one regret is not being able to see inside the building, and given its age I expect it could prove to be very interesting. It is always nice to find little gems like this hidden away, and to know that in spite of their age there is enough documented to give more than a glimpse into the life and times of the people who lived in this area.
 
  
Sadly, the Blitz did a lot of damage to the history of Southampton, the devastation of what was known as “Itchen Ferry” caused the loss of a whole village, and one of the reasons for this church arose from the dangers associated with crossing the Itchen River. 
 
 
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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:24

Psychedelic Rhino (2)

Continuing where we left off, I was in pursuit of roughly 30 Psychedelic Rhino, and when last you saw me I was in the area of the Civic Centre.

"Reveal"  Artist: Laura Schillemore Location 22 Civic Centre

“Reveal” Artist: Laura Schillemore Location 22 Civic Centre

"Erica" Artists: Chris Clancy. Engineers: ECS Team. Location 17. The Marland

“Erica” Artists: Chris Clancy. Engineers: ECS Team. Location 17. The Marland

"Where's Ralph?" Artist Tom Joyce. Location: 15 Above Bar/Ogle Rd

“Where’s Ralph?” Artist Tom Joyce. Location: 15 Above Bar/Ogle Rd

"Kyma" Artist: Natalie Guy. location 12 Bargate North side

“Kyma” Artist: Natalie Guy. location 12 Bargate North side

"Mrs Hearty" Artists: Richard Taunton, Mehnaz Rahman, Mary Enyon, Ryan Young, Emmanuel Owusu-Afram. Location 11. Bargate Southside

“Mrs Hearty” Artists: Richard Taunton, Mehnaz Rahman, Mary Enyon,
Ryan Young, Emmanuel Owusu-Afram. Location 11. Bargate Southside

"Wonderland"  Artist Siân Storey. Location 8, Holy Rood Church

“Wonderland” Artist Siân Storey. Location 8, Holy Rood Church

"Rosie" Artist: Tom and Lucy Yendell. Location 9 St Michael's Church.

“Rosie” Artist: Tom and Lucy Yendell. Location 9 St Michael’s Church.

"Newton" Artist: Sue Cook. Location 10 Western Esplanade

“Newton” Artist: Sue Cook. Location 10 Western Esplanade

"Dock Rhino" Artist: Martin Davey. Location 5, Western Esplanade Corner

“Dock Rhino” Artist: Martin Davey. Location 5, Western Esplanade Corner

"Will" Artist: Miroslav Lucan (LucanArt). Location 4, Mayflower Memoirial

“Will” Artist: Miroslav Lucan (LucanArt). Location 4, Mayflower Memoirial

"Reggie" Artist: Nathan Smith. Location 3, The Wool House

“Reggie” Artist: Nathan Smith. Location 3, The Wool House

"Rika" Artist: The Peers. Location 1, Town Quay.

“Rika” Artist: The Peers. Location 1, Town Quay.

"Bunty" Artist: Denise Hughes. Location: 18. The Marlands

“Bunty” Artist: Denise Hughes. Location: 18. The Marlands

"Rita" Artist: Nathan Smith. Location 2,  Town Quay Park

“Rita” Artist: Nathan Smith. Location 2, Town Quay Park

"Seymour". Artist David McDiarmid. Location 19, Above Bat Str/Palmerston Park

“Seymour”. Artist David McDiarmid. Location 19, Above Bar Str/Palmerston Park

"Ringo" Artist: Minky. Location 13, West Quay

“Ringo” Artist: Minky. Location 13, West Quay

"The Rhino Of Life" Artist: Charley Hall. Location 7, HIgh Street

“The Rhino Of Life” Artist: Charley Hall. Location 7, High Street

"Fleur" Artist: Rosalind Hargreaves. Location 6 Westgate Hall.

“Fleur” Artist: Rosalind Hargreaves. Location 6 Westgate Hall.

"Planet Rhino" Artist: Sam Pierpoint. Location 27, City Art Gallery

“Planet Rhino” Artist: Sam Pierpoint. Location 27, City Art Gallery

And that is the lot, or rather, the rhino in walking range. There are 5 others in areas outside of my range, and a lot of shop and school rhino scattered about. They are however usually difficult to photograph because of their position. On 10-14 October the rhino will be returned to Marwell Zoo, and sold at a charity auction with proceeds going to Marwell’s rhino and other conservation projects, plus two other local charities – The Rose Road Association and the Wessex Heartbeat’s High 5 Appeal. 
I must admit I enjoyed photographing these works, some are really spectacular,  a and it would be wonderful if something like this was done for the rapidly diminishing population of rhino back in South Africa. But, I think what is need in SA is really tough sentences for poachers and their middlemen, as well as those who are driving the demand for rhino horn. Eventually the only rhino left in South Africa will be in zoos!

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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:25

Psychedelic Rhino (1)

When I first arrived in Southampton in April, I came across a shop that had a large plastic Rhino in it that was being painted. I remarked to the artist that they should create one without a horn covered in blood and the latest body count of slaughtered Rhino in South Africa. At last count there were 480 since January 2013. That’s roughly two for every day this year.
 
Last week I saw the Rhino finally being distributed, and I must admit I was so impressed I decided to see how many of them I could photograph. Oddly enough I was not the only person looking for them as I kept on bumping into the same people!
Sadly during the bank holiday in August, “Cosmos” and “Not a Target” were both vandalised so badly that they had to be removed.
In no particular order (actually the order is the one I saw them in).

“Not a Target” Artist: Mike Foyle. Location 14 Houndwell Park (since removed)

"Rohan" Artist: Matt Jacobs. Location 26 East Park

“Rohan” Artist: Matt Jacobs. Location 26 East Park

"Sunny" Artist: Max Lawrence. Location 16 Palmerston Park

“Sunny” Artist: Max Lawrence. Location 16 Palmerston Park

"Rafiki" Artist: Sam Pierpoint. Location 23 East Guildhall Square

“Rafiki” Artist: Sam Pierpoint. Location 23 East Guildhall Square

"Flossy" Artist: NIna Fraser. Location 28 Commercial Rd, Above Bar Street

“Flossy” Artist: NIna Fraser. Location 28 Commercial Rd, Above Bar Street

"Glint" Artist: Sven Odendaal. Location 24, West Guildhall Square.

“Glint” Artist: Sven Odendaal. Location 24, West Guildhall Square.

"Beatrix"  Artist: Laura Schillemore. Location 30 Watts Monument

“Beatrix” Artist: Laura Schillemore. Location 30 Watts Monument

"Cosmos Rhino" Artist: Drew Saunders. Location 29 Watts Park  (since removed)

“Cosmos Rhino” Artist: Drew Saunders. Location 29 Watts Park (since removed)

"Reginald" Artist: Damien Jeffery. Location 25 SeaCity Museum

“Reginald” Artist: Damien Jeffery. Location 25 SeaCity Museum

"RhinOSeros" Artist Artsim. Location 21,  Cnr Havelock and Civic Centre Rds

“RhinOSeros” Artist Artsim. Location 21, Cnr Havelock and Civic Centre Rds

"Augustus" Artist Maddy Carter, Lauren Cron, Becky Feltham, Sophie Milner. Location: 31 Entrance to East Park

“Augustus” Artist Maddy Carter, Lauren Cron, Becky Feltham, Sophie Milner.
Location: 31 Entrance to East Park

“Enrhinomental” Artist Will Rosie (All About Art). Location 20 Skandia House

Let’s cross the street here, and continue over the page

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Updated: 29/12/2017 — 07:25
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