THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
Hands up who rode on the Southern Queen when it was operation. I did. The SQ was completed in 1950. She was a seasonal sight, operating pleasure trips along the coast of Eastbourne to Beachy Head, first with her Sister the Eastbourne Queen then with the William Allchorn. Both surviving boats are now rotting away. It is important that we save these beautiful craft for future generations and time is running out.
The Southern Queen and the Eastbourne Queen were built in a barn at Westham Village not far from Pevensey Castle. The barn was part of Street Farm of which no part remains today, though local public houses display photos of the farm with the Queen in the foreground. This is now a housing estate, much as Eastbourne’s very own Airport which played a vital part in training pilots for the First World War - now an industrial estate with a dual carriage way running through it. Do you know where it is. Did you even know Eastbourne had an Airport? It is interesting that the Southern Queen was taken almost two miles by road to her launch site in Norman’s Bay.
The Southern Queen is built of clinker construction and is one of the largest vessels of this type of construction to survive in the UK, if not the world. She was licensed to carry seventy two passengers, is 46 feet in length and weighs 27 tons. This form of construction is a dying art, as most boats of this size are made from fibreglass.
There is a project in the making to preserve this fine boat. If you would like to get involved in any capacity, contact: Mr. Lloyd Stebbings C&G Dip Mobile:- 07885 022436 Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
There are harbours, ports and marinas on either side of La Manche that give safe haven to weekend sailors. Those who sail their own boats contribute as much to the local economy as those who visit the coastal resorts, except that they are investors in the locality, also helping to support marine chandlers, boat builders and repairers. The same is true of any coastline anywhere in the world that has attractions or natural beauty and mooring facilities.
The boatbuilding and yachting industry and marina operators provide moorings for hundreds of vessels that are only used occasionally for the most part. These man made harbours add spice to their locations, also attracting restaurants and hotels for those who want more than just a day beside the sea, or to build sandcastles on the beach. Great fun that it is.
CROSS CHANNEL FERRIES - In days gone by ships belched black smoke laden with sulfur, as they burned the cheapest heavy bunker oil their engines would burn. It was a similar story for cars and trucks, except that diesel and petrol fuels were cleaner burning. Today, the IMO has brought in new clean air laws under MARPOL legislation to prevent dirty smoke stacks causing acid rain and global warming.
Global warming has now been recognised by most world leaders by way of Emergency Declarations, with Russia and the USA still locked in a simmering military cold war, that could be renamed a 'hot war,' since their actions are raising the temperature of planet Earth. In order to defend this appalling kleptocratic stance those leaders (most notably Trump and Putin) become climate deniers. They put their political telescopes to their blind eye when looking at the melting ice caps and forest fires: "I see no ships," a famous quote from Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1801 at the Battle of Copenhagen. Sadly, the real battle is to save millions of animals from dying, not to build a fortress that is worthless after extinction. Hardly a good business case.
When it comes to the need to travel, the most used waterway in the world will also be the most polluting passageway. A good place to start cleaning up the planet perhaps. Maybe with solar powered ferry services.
GRETA THUNBERG - Aiming to get to New York and then bounce to Santiago for COP 25, the Swedish climate activist sailed across the Atlantic ocean from England to the US on a racing yacht because she did not want to add to greenhouse gases by flying. She is due to attend the United Nations climate summit and meet UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a youth summit in the city next month. We think that Greta would use solar and wind powered ferries for her travels, if and when they become operational.
BLUE GROWTH COLLABORATION JANUARY 2014
Following a presentation on Port Centricity at
Seawork 2013, stakeholders from the
French coastlines have met to discuss how collaboration and cooperation could ensure a sustainable future for the Channel.
The most dangerous green lane route is between Dover and Calais
International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the English Channel as follows:
The cause of the breach is not known but may have been an
earthquake or the build-up of
water pressure in the lake. The flood carved a large bedrock-floored valley down the length of the Channel, leaving behind streamlined islands and longitudinal erosional grooves characteristic of catastrophic megaflood events. It destroyed the isthmus that connected Britain to continental Europe, although a land bridge across the southern North Sea would have existed intermittently at later times after periods of glaciation resulted in lower sea levels.
National Historic Ships UK
THE STADE - Hastings in Sussex is home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in the world. For these hard working fishermen launching into the English Channel and recovery to the beach is an everyday function of the catch and a grueling chore that we do not envy. The boats are especially adapted for hauling across the abrasive pebbles with steel reinforced keels that keep the boats upright when landed. Diesel powered tractors are used to push them into the sea, and cable winches drag them back up the slope. If you enjoy a traditional fish and chips serving, this is a town you should visit.
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