Embracing The Sea.

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The pier at Deal in Kent was opened in November 1957. Constructed from concrete-clad steel it is some 1926ft long and is the 3rd pier that has been in the town.

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At the entrance to the pier is a large statue called Embracing The Sea, it was designed and crafted by sculptor, Jon Buck. Cast in bronze it is 10 foot tall and weighs some 3 tonnes.  Depicting the figure of a man in a boat holding a fish, lifting his bounty from the sea. The statue was commissioned by Dover District Council’ Charity Committee and was funded by a bequest from a former Deal solicitor.

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Some leggy birds!

Some leggy birds pictures taken last week while away near Rye. The redshank was standing tall looking around which seemed to add to his height, and the coots were in a rush to get to the water.

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Dymchurch Redoubt.

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Three large coastal artillery forts known as redoubts were built between 1804 and 1812, at Harwich, Dymchurch and Eastbourne. They provided extra troops to support the chain of Martello towers along the East Sussex and Suffolk.

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The redoubts are circular, brick built structures up to around 68m in diameter, and stand to a height of around 12m. They comprise 24 casemates built around a central, circular parade ground. These blast proof casements provided living quarters and services for the troops. On top of casemates was an open gun platform with emplacements for ten 24- pounder cannons, each with its own adjacent magazine, for ammunition. The fort at Dymchurch was much added to in WW2 ( these modern square brick additions can be seen in my pictures) It remains on the edge of MOD land and is not open to the public as it is within a live fire zone.

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Reculver.

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The twin towers of the impressive medieval Abbey church at Reculver dominate the skyline of Herne Bay, they have acted as a navigation marker for shipping for many years. Near the church are the remains of an early Roman Fort much of this historic site has been lost to coastal erosion but it is well worth a visit.

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Sleepytime Girl.

Outside The Pilot Inn at Dungeness is an old engine which is a memorial to a US Bomber lost during WW2. (recommended pub if you are in the area and looking for lunch https://thepilotdungeness.co.uk/ ).

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A local fisherman, snagged a large object on the seabed, just off Dungeness point. It was recovered and was identified as a 9 cylinder radial engine complete with three propeller blades still intact. Subsequently, it was confirmed the engine’s identity as one of the four Wright/Cyclone engines, that came from ‘Sleepytime Girl’, an American World War II B17 Flying  Fortress Bomber. On 24th April 1944, Sleepytime Girl’ was on a daytime bombing raid over an aircraft factory at Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany. The aircraft suffered heavy flak damage and all four engines cut out, the crew dived the B17 to 5,000 feet and managed to restart the damaged engines. Her crew then had a vote and opted to fly back towards the safety of Britain, rather than trying to make it to Switzerland, which was closer.

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At 5,000 feet the B17 limping home she was a sitting duck and repeatedly attacked over France, where 2 ME-109’s further damaged the aircraft, knocking out three of the four engines. Over the Channel on a single engine, she ditched into the sea off Dungeness. Only four of the original crew of ten were left alive and were rescued by an RAF Air Sea Rescue Walrus seaplane. Below some old pictures of a B17, I took in the UK at Duxford Aeronautical Museum.

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