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The Black Watch moving out yesterday evening aided and abetted by both tugs Doughty and Dauntless. She was heading to Guernsey in the Channel Islands where hopefully the weather was a wee bit better than it was, or indeed is, here. It was as cold and as slate grey as a January morn as she left and no mistake.
Where did our summer go? ..Gadzooks! Me timbers are a-shiverin !
Also - The Saga Sapphire is back in today...disgorging chilled but hopefully refreshed passengers.
See also the post below.Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 08:15
Below we have Syros leaving in the afternoon yesterday, departing for Zeebrugge. Syros does a stint here in the harbour from time to time.I guess operating in the same vein as Coral Water..servicing the ferries and so on. That's the Varne Light Vessel behind in the distance. And in the further distance if you really scrutinise you can just see ..despite the grey misty conditions .. the Cathedral on top of the hill in Boulogne ( to the right of the Varne LV ).
Brian yes indeed our MP Charlie Elphicke has spoken against My Ferry Link several times. Not sure of his logic on that one...Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 07:52
brian, in dull corner.
Charlie being a bit cynical there about jobs,he wants the loss of 600+ jobs on my ferry link.a man with two  faces.
Monday, 16 June 2014 - 13:40
We don't really do politics on this page, this one is politics indeed but a tad different in that it is essentially just about the Port and its future as seen from the pen of our MP. Most interesting.
The Latest Charlie Elphicke Newsletter.
Our port is the lifeblood of our local economy. It employs hundreds of port workers and thousands of people work for the ferry businesses. In addition people work at the marina, support the cruise ships that visit and unload cargoes from ships that bring goods from round the World.
I am really proud of Dover's status as the Gateway to England. It is as true now as it has been for centuries. Visiting Hammonds' cargo unloading operation this week, I watched the unloading of a ship that had travelled from South America. It was incredible to see the speed that the cargo was unloaded. Boxes and boxes of bananas destined for British shops. Hammonds unload millions of bananas ever year. The British consumer eats an awful lot of them - on average over a box per person every year.
Yet Hammonds have little space in the Eastern Docks. So the idea is to move the operation to the West on the old hover port. This would enable Dover's cargo operation to be larger. It would expand our economy.
It's also important we create jobs for people who have long lived in Dover. It's right we bring more chances and opportunities for our people. The chance of a job and promotion is key to building the land of opportunity. A recovery we can all be part of - where we can work hard, get on and do well.
The reforms at the port mean it will now become a community led port. A port that will work in ever closer partnership with the port businesses that provide the jobs and the community in which it sits. These changes are far reaching. No one thought we could ever do this. Everyone thought the sell off scheme of the previous government would go ahead regardless of what we had to say. Yet we had the ear of government and we used it to get the change we need.
This change means we can now dare to dream about the kind of development we could make in the marina and around the Marine Station. There is real potential there for a great water side development to bring more jobs, money and visitors to our community. This and the downing of Burlington House is where the greatest potential lies for changing Dover forever.
If we get these things right we can have so much more prosperity in Dover. We can make the town more vibrant, our children and grand children benefiting from the kind of future we never had. A town that will be a true jewel in the crown of the nation. A town that is fitting for our hallowed white cliffs. A first sight of England that will impress all who travel to our isle. This is why the change we make matters so much to us all.
Charlie Elphicke MP
Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal
Monday, 16 June 2014 - 10:07
Great info there in post 815 for the landlubbers like myself Ed. I think its clear now...so with a new degree of confidence..errrmm says he hopefully, here is a picture taken yesterday to illustrate ED3 in action. Showing the Delft Seaways looking good..and below the same ship taken from slightly further afield as we approach the harbour with Dover Castle in the background.
A grey ol' departure for the Saga Pearl sunday evening.
The Black Watch is in today..a dismal grey monday morning alas.Monday, 16 June 2014 - 07:10
Vic Matcham, Dover
Thank you for showing the plans of the births I helped to take down the old births of 1 and two and then went on to the new builds of births 2.;3,4,up to birth 7 we done the welding of the copper dams under the births very hard and wet jobs but good ones,
Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 07:42
Ed Connell, Dover
Re #806: The reason HMS Puncher and HMS Blazer have such large crews is that they are small training vessels attached to University Royal Navy Units, London and Southampton respectively, and carry a large number of students with training officers on short trips round the coast and near continent. Both vessels are based in Portsmouth and they are frequent visitors to Dover. The undergraduates have a whale of a time with lots of functions, mess dinners, shore visits etc. Some of them later go on to join the RN. There is a pemanent crew of five RN personnel attached to each vessel. As commissioned naval vessels they fly the White Ensign.
Re #782: “Below we have a pic of the crane that's been operating down at pier 2 or as Ed calls it ED2, to give it its proper name.” It was very nice of them to name all the berths after me although some people, quite wrongly in my opinion, say that ED stands for Eastern Docks. The piers are named alphabetically with a berth on each side. For example, one face of Pier A serves the linkspan on berth ED2 and the other the linkspan on berth ED3. Pier B is no longer used as the ferries grew much too large and the associated berth ED4 was dismantled, a large dolphin in between Piers A and B was also demolished for the same reason. Pier D is also no longer used, it originally served the associated catamaran berth but again there was not enough room for cats to berth safely with a ferry on the adjacent berth ED6. The cats have all gone anyway and I believe the other cat berth at the Hoverport is being dismantled. Pier E was built contiguous with Pier D to serve berth ED7.
Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 13:54
Kevin Charles, Dover
Sorry! Missed the name of the magazine out in that last post - it is, of course, Dover Life!
Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 09:30
Kevin Charles, Dover
There is an interesting article about the history of the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club. Always a great read for those interested in history of town and port.
Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 09:29
Great information in the post below there Kevin. Excellent and a very nice picture too. There were brilliant colours last evening for the Costa Classica's departure to Cherbourg and the most placid tranquil sea you will ever come across, nobody got motion sickness last night. I got very similar pictures to Kevin as can be seen.. just a slightly different angle. There is something exotic and exciting about those Costa ships for sure and on a warm summers evening..well it all looks totally fab. Puts one in the mood for a glass of the finest. Champagne anyone?? well it is the Fathers Day weekender..
Scheduled for today are the Ryndam and the Braemar according to ColetteB's listing. So watch for those...
Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 06:02
Kevin Charles, Dover
Ships of the Royal Navy fly the White Ensign as opposed to the Red of the Merchant Navy. There is also a Blue Ensign which can be flown by yachts owned by members of "priviliged" yacht clubs, one of which is Dover's very own Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club. There are a couple of variations, for example, where the master of a merchant ship holds a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve (Blue Ensign).
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 21:57
Keivn Charles, Dover
A perfect evening for the departure of the Costa Classica as she heads out into the English Channel on a flat clam sea bound for Cherbourg.
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 21:29
Vic Matcham, Dover
That's the one some years ago I was in the R.N.V.R service and when we went in a port we had to put the Royal ensign flag up.Again great photos.
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 20:53
Hi Vic, here is another angle. This one shown here is HMS Puncher. There is a flag to the rear which is hidden from the head on picture in 802.
Is that the flag you refer to?
Yes indeed each boat has quite a large crew by the looks of it. The sleeping arrangements must be cramped and no mistake.Friday, 13 June 2014 - 16:04
Vic Matcham, Dover
Missing from the R.N.BOATS is the flag when visting a port the flag must always be shown.
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 15:51
vic matcham, Dover
The very small R.N.Boats have more crew then the big ships where do they all sleep and eat.?But makes the cleaning easy for them
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 15:05
Thanks Kevin. Yes always fascinating to see the Royal Navy flashing into Port. Off the top of my head I think we may have had similar vessels a while back...always great to see the Royal Navy. A great career for a youngster as seen in Pic Post 802.
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 10:26
Kevin Charles, Dover
Great photos, Paul! Couldn't quite get the two RN visitors. This class of ship are attached to universities to give sea experience for those interested in pursuing careers in the Royal Navy.
Friday, 13 June 2014 - 08:22
The Costa Classica arriving a few minutes ago...
At approximately 53,000 tons it is not the biggest of the Costa ships to visit us here in Dover, but as always it is very impressive, beautifully Mediterranean, note as ever their usual and iconic twin yellow peaks..
The liners keep right on a-coming. We have had a stunning array of ships so far and the season is still young.Friday, 13 June 2014 - 07:41
Here we are Kevin...a picture of the two arriving.
Saw them quite by chance so grabbed the trusty camera. Long evening shadows once again though Im afraid. That's HMS Puncher leading the way with HMS Blazer coming along behind.Friday, 13 June 2014 - 06:50