War Relic.

In Portland Harbour Dorset are 2 floating caissons which remain from WW2 part of the Mulberry Harbour parts which were not used in France. They were Grade 11 listed in 1993. When we visited I thought there were workmen on the top of the caisson but when looking up online I found out the workmen were actually statues representing 2 British Sailors, 2 American GIs and 2 Dockworkers installed in 1997.

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Timeslip.

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United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE off the Isle of Wight this morning.

Formerly the Horst Wessel is a 295-foot barque used as a training cutter for training officer cadets of the US Coastguard. Her home port is Boston Harbor. She is the 7th Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792.

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Each year the Eagle deploys to train her cadets but she also performs a public relations role for the Coast Guard and the United States calling at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.

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The ship was built as the German Horst Wessel a tall ship in 1936 to train German sailors in sail techniques. At the end of WW2 she was taken by the USA as part of war reparations.

 

 

 

In War & Peace.

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Moorhen take off.

Near the village of Fritham in the New Forest you can find Eyeworth Pond. Latchmore Brook was dammed in 1871 to supply water to the nearby Schultze Gunpowder Factory, which was based around Eyeworth Lodge and began making powder for sporting guns in 1859. Ten years later Edward Schultze took charge of the factory and began production of smokeless gunpowder on a large scale, employing around 100 people at the height of production. The factory closed in 1921 but the pond remains. The woodland around the pond is good for small birds.

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Blue Tit.

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Female Blackbird

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Robin.

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Male Chaffinch.

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Female Chaffinch.

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Coal Tit.

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Another Blue Tit -this one mid-jump!

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Long Tailed Tit.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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Waterside walk.

 

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A walk at Eling and Hythe opposite Southampton docks and container port. In low morning light. Despite living near Southampton all my life this is the first time I have walked along these bits of shoreline.

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On land adjacent to Hythe Marina are a number of old concrete pontoons/barges which have been grounded and are part of old sea defences. This part of the shore is on “private” land. 

Searching online I found some information about the concrete and metal pontoons they are called “Beetles” which was the code name for the floating pontoons. They were used to support the Mulberry Harbour in WW2 (they carried roadways). Marchwood Military Port which is close to this site built some of the floating harbour components which were towed to France just after D-Day. Once there they were put together to build a floating harbour and roadways. These “beetles” were probably spares which did not get towed to war. Their battle became the fight against coastal erosion.

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