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The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.



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Post 373
  PaulB, Dover
Just come back on to add this picture to the ones in the post below..as just noticed what has surprisingly washed up.

...Yes indeed its a gangway or walkway of large dimension and the stormy weather clearly took it from elsewhere and deposited it right here on the beach. If anyone is searching for a missing stairway then here she is... I'm still waiting nay hoping for a pot of gold to turn up one morning! What are the chances?? Smiley See also the pictures below just added earlier.

Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 08:22
 
Post 372
  PaulB, Dover
WATCH OUT GUYS ! THERE'S ANOTHER ONE COMING...
These youngsters had much fun yesterday dodging the seafront waves. The relentless spray and pounding had them hugely entertained for ages. Much better than video games!!? And fairly safe to do in Dover but not safe everywhere as we hear on the news. But of course nobody should take any chances.
The Spirit of France was back in full service yesterday after its refit, see also post further below. Here she is arriving back into harbour in the choppy afternoon conditions. The hazardous weather goes on...the ferries had to cope with a Severe Gale 9 out in the Channel again yesterday.

This chap at bottom of picture was caught by surprise by the leaping wave as he strolled along yesterday. Whoooosh!




Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 07:26
 
Post 371
  JanT, Dover
As seen in some of the pictures below our weather sure has been relentless, and certainly would not have wanted to be crossing the channel in that, one minute wind and rain the next sun.

And like many others have suffered from the storms losing tiles and guttering, pretty scary indeed.

Friday, 3 January 2014 - 12:34
 
Post 370
  PaulB, Dover
The sky yesterday over the channel at about 3.30pm. Hard to say whether it was the calm before the storm or the calm after the storm as there are so many storms now that ones head is in a spin from the buffeting. But it made for an interesting cloud formation anyhow.

P&O's superferry the Spirit of France is just back from a refit which was carried out in fine style and on time despite the awful weather. Came back into service last night but conditions being what they are we have no picture of the ship as yet...but here is one I made earlier ! Incidently the Spirit of Britain leaves for a refit today.
The Spirit of France...


Oh dear! sorry to hear you had tiles off your roof Colette. A number of people are reporting the same, very difficult times for guttering, tiles, and everything else. More high winds on Sunday too I believe. Batten down the hatches!

Yes lovely picture from Samphire. Is it au naturelle or is there some Photoshop happening? Lovely soft tones. I heard on the quiz Pointless recently that Samphire is actually a wild seaside asparagus...there you are, not a lot of people know that.Smiley

ADDED: the Prince of Wales pier is open to the public again. Some of the safety fencing was destroyed by the high winds and it was closed for safety reasons. Some of the guys that fish down there did so on the beach instead. They will be glad to see it open again. However as the weather is horribly unpredictable these days its probably best not to go down there in high winds.


Friday, 3 January 2014 - 08:15
 
Post 369
  Barry W-S, Dover
That's a great haunting photo of wccp at Samphire Hoe taken by Stephen, it brings to mind shades of David Lean's 'Great Expectations' no less Smiley

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 20:50
 
Post 368
  howard mcsweeney, dover
sorry to hear that colette i have been lucky so far - touch wood.

not actually the sea here but a lot of it is in the photo taken by stephen walker of wccp at samphire hoe on the 27th december.





Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 19:36
 
Post 367
  Colette Boland, Dover
Some Fab photos on Sea News depicting the ever changing weather conditions we are experiencing these days. We have suffered some tiles off roof with leaks in the house. Today gives us a chance to rectify some of the damage before the next onslaught tomorrow & over the weekend.

Hope your telly is back to normal today PaulB Smiley

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 11:52
 
Post 366
  PaulB, Dover
We are enjoying a brief lull today after some atrocious gales and conditions yesterday.... during this stormy period right across the area there have been reports of trees down and some structural damage.. many houses have suffered slate loss etc etc and on a more minor scale even yours truly's TV picture went for a Burton yesterday, breaking into coloured boxes and then failure. Havent seen that kind of thing since pre-digital. The weather seems to be dominating everything at the moment as we stagger from one storm to the next. This is the day to get out and about as we understand there are more Atlantic lows trundling our way for Friday and again on Sunday.

The picture below shows the channel this morning...approximately 8am. The sun is promising to break through.
The Calm after the Storm. All operating normally at the Port.

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 08:29
 
Post 365
  PaulB, Dover
You dont need me to tell you that conditions have been awful. Here are another couple of pictures this time taken yesterday. The storms go on....and heavens with more to come by all accounts.
The picture above shows the Dieppe Seaways yesterday battling its way to Calais. I watched the ship leave and it is looking more than a tad weatherbeaten at the moment. But I guess no surprise there...normally a very sleek looking ship and generally immaculate, but the weather takes its toll.
Below we have a durability test about to take place on one of the new seafront lights. Whoosh it got a pasting and a pounding. Nice pale light they emit...all are working well save for one central one...I mention that again in case the guys from the Port are looking in.

Nice picture below there Howard from Robert Bradford...always like to see the ones from the heights. Very welcome.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014 - 08:26
 
Post 364
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
dramatic photos there paul, the previous day the wccp team were up st martin's battery and it was all very different.

photo courtesy of robert bradford - wccp.



Tuesday, 31 December 2013 - 13:16
 
Post 363
  PaulB, Dover
Once again we got a fierce battering this morning here in Dover. A severe FORCE 9 Gale shivered the timbers all about and made conditions horrendous in the harbour and out on the Channel in particular. Sailings continued but it was treacherous out there...here we are with the exclusive pictures...
The picture above shows the Rodin. As soon as it stuck its nose out into the open sea..well it came in for an immediate hammering. This is literally a few metres outside harbour. Let the onslaught begin.
The pic above is not sharp but I thought it still worth showing for the nigh impossibility of the conditions. Underneath that mighty wave is the Cruise Terminal swamped and dwarfed. The white van to the mid left shows the scale.
The waves powered over the outer protective wall too. Even the long distant container ships struggle.
The Pride of Burgundy takes a mighty roll..its nose sinking down just outside harbour and its stern pushed round. The DFDS vessel ahead powers towards Dunkerque. These two final pictures above and below were taken a tad later..
The Pride of Kent returning home...with huge difficulty. Anyone onboard will be feeling it by now, having come across the Channel like that.
Bit of a shocking change in the conditions compared to the tranquil pix in the post below.


Monday, 30 December 2013 - 15:31
 
Post 362
  PaulB, Dover

The pictures show the channel early yesterday morning when a calm sea and a prosperous voyage was the order of the day. Two ferries are making a pincer movement towards Calais and into a blazing sky where the sun has yet to appear. Yesterday was a gorgeous Sunday and brought lots of strollers out in force along the prom... all enjoying the easy facilities. Alas nothing at all like it is today. As I write the howling gale and driving rain has made travel conditions very tough once again for all ferries and the teams that keep them moving, both on and off ship. But they keep right on going. The trucks rolling through here and the container ships here and further afield are still keeping the nation's shops fully stocked.
Smiley
ADDED EXTRA: some horrendous conditions in Dover once again. Will have pictures following later.

Monday, 30 December 2013 - 07:13
 
Post 361
  PaulB, Dover
FERRY FIRE: There has been a fire on a DFDS ferry in the North Sea. Fortunately nobody has died although initial reports suggest up to 7 people were taken to hospital by two Air Sea Rescue helicopters. They were airlifted off the ship while on the high seas, always a tricky operation in any situation, but this time they were fortunate in that the weather in the notorious North Sea was calm. Initially when news breaks about anything ferry related, the name of Dover usually pops into the equation...but this time it was the King Seaways operating between Newcastle and Amsterdam.
The Ferry had approximately 950 passengers and 130 crew onboard.
I dont have a copyright free picture of the King Seaways but of course it is in similar colours to our ships here in Dover.

Sunday, 29 December 2013 - 07:24
 
Post 360
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
looks a total mess but usually the harbour board staff are very quick to sort things out after a storm - wasn't aware of new lanterns on the promenade.

Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 13:01
 
Post 359
  PaulB, Dover
You can see how much of the beach came up on the promenade in this picture above. They do try earnestly to get it back to its rightful location and off the walking area as it can get difficult for some people to negotiate, like those in wheelchairs for example, but just as soon as the way is clear.. up comes the next and regular storm and with thundering spray the beach is back on the prom again (and those waves dont half thunder against the seafront wall I can tell you !). At the moment it seems a never ending task..with even more stormy conditions forecast for next week.

SEAFRONT LIGHTS: Also in the picture above you will notice the new seafront lights and very welcome they are too. All along the seafront from The Premier Inn to the Yacht Club all the lanterns are new. And all working fine, save for one chappie in the very middle of the aforementioned line. But that is nothing more than a teething problem I'm sure.

They emit a white light now rather than the orange glow we were used to...but environmentalists say that that's a better option with regard to light pollution. But whatever colour the light, its very good to have the seafront properly lit again so that allcomers can see where they are going.
The picture at the top was taken on Boxing Day, as was the sad one with the wreath immediately above. As you can see someone is clearly being sadly missed through the Christmas period. The lonely wreath is a poignant reminder to us all of the transient nature of things in general and life in particular.


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Yes HowardSmiley..twas a bit chilly round the dangly bits even though the weather was relatively mild. As we stood there and the Lifeguards hollered out with gusto " 4 minutes to go" it seemed to get chillier and chillier, but that might have been in anticipation of the sudden splurge to come.
That water looked....cold!
Needless to say yours truly remained well wrapped up while holding on to the camera for dear life, pressing the shutter button at intermittent intervals and hoping for the best !Smiley



Saturday, 28 December 2013 - 06:49
 
Post 358
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
great photos paul, despite the unseasonably mild temperature i bet those chaps wearing what our australian friends refer to as "budgie smugglers" were feeling the pinch.

saw ronnie philpott in town earlier trying to extricate her dog's molars from the leg of a member of the public, thinking back she must have been on her way to the seafront.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 20:44
 
Post 357
  PaulB, Dover
The Annual Boxing Day dip took place at 12 noon today. A big turnout of watchers and dippers enjoyed the springlike sunshine here in Dover.
I took a few pix with my little pocket camera and here they are.
The first one shows 100% pure Dovorian Beef waiting for the whistle...

Whoosh and they were off at breakneck pace. They came thundering right by me like a herd of wild unfettered untamed horses and plunged into the surf.
As soon as it all calmed down a tad I ventured forth to take the few shots.

In the words of Bobby Darin..."they were a splishing and a splashing"

And here are some very colourful ones doing it in fine style. Love those cutesey pink bows !


Didnt see many of the old familiar faces there...but bumped into our old friend Vic Matcham who was among the spectators. Vic has been one of the most colourful dippers in recent years, that was until health problems put him out of the fray. He still hopes to do it again one day. But Vic tells us his wife Lesley isnt too well....so here especially for them is a picture from the heat of the Boxing Day action in 2010. Vic on the left and Lesley supporting him on the right as ever. Get well soon Lesley.



Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 17:15
 
Post 356
  PaulB, Dover
The port had its annual rest yesterday for Christmas Day. But here she is..already up and running again very early this morning.
The Spirit of Britain moves away from Dover Pier 9 and heads out across the harbour to leave by the western exit. To the left you can just see the early My Ferry Link already arriving from Calais... and the sun's not up yet. All in action again very early on a calm and tranquil sea. All's well.

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 09:42
 
Post 355
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the info guys..
Yes a horrendous night for anyone out on the sea and not too good even here on the seafront where the waves at 2.30am were pounding the seafront wall, leaping skywards, and being whipped not only across the road but across the seafront gardens. In daylight hours it would have made for spectacular pictures. Yours truly's high flat has a disconcerting way of swaying in the high winds too. That was the roughest night I ever had in Dover...and I'm on dryish land. Feel hugely sorry for anyone stuck out there on the ferries mentioned.
All calm now.

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We are pleased to confirm that the Port of Dover is now open and ferry services have resumed. The Port was closed due to adverse weather conditions and concerns over customer and staff safety.

The Port and ferry operators are now working together to ensure that services are running with minimum disruption and that customers get on their way before the Port closes for Christmas. Please note that there may be initial delays to services as the Port re-opens. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information.

We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance

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I hope those that needed to get away got away in time before the onslaught. Awful prospect of cruising out there.. even on the Aida Sol, see the mention in Kevins post at 21.35 ( Ship pictured further below in earlier times )



Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 09:15
 
Post 354
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Port now open. Four ferries spent the night at sea - Spirit of Britain and Pride of Canterbury off Dover, and the Delft Seaways and Dunkerque Seaways off the French Coast. It would have been a long night for passengers and crew in very uncomfortable conditions.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 - 06:54
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