Tag Archives: Solent

Heading back from Ryde

Carrying on where we left off…. There was one thing I needed to see and that was the Portsmouth Naval Memorial at Southsea, it was designed not only as a memorial, but also as a leading mark for shipping. In … Continue reading

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Heading down to Ryde

My ears pricked up when I read about the trip from Southampton to Ryde pier onboard the Shieldhall. I have done three trips on board her already, so she is not a new experience. However, there is something about this … Continue reading

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Hovercraft. Wow!

Ok, I admit it. Up till April I had never seen a hovercraft up close and personal. And you can bet I have been hoping one would pop up in my viewfinder sooner or later.   My introduction to hovercraft … Continue reading

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Netley Abbey

If you look at Google Earth co-ordinates  50.877893°, -1.357482° you will see where I was yesterday: Netley Abbey, a Cistercian monastery and Tudor great house. Founded in 1238 by the Bishop of Winchester, the remains include the church, the chapter … Continue reading

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The Good Ship SS Shieldhall.

In the days before the magazine Ships Monthly became too expensive, I would often read about, and see images of Shieldhall. As usual one would sigh and say “I wish I could see her”. Well, now I have seen her, … Continue reading

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