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  1. George A'Court

    New Look Revealed

    Agree 100% with Colin's post.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Wightlink site quotes one of the two operational ferries had a technical problem this morning and passengers may face a 30 minute delay
  3. I think it could be Cap F by the angle of the exhausts.
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    Wightlink port redevelopment & new G class

    Watched VOW leave her moorings this afternoon at approx. 1400 go to Gunwharf and then by 14-40 was back at her moorings on the hulks. Surely not a training stint but perhaps to load items required to assist with removal/ replacement of the defective tank.
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    SAILING UPDATES: 2018 Latest News

    There was in the end no delay to Bretagne today as was forecast on the Brittany website as she passed QE at 17-15 and was berthed before the carrier move was started at 18-00.
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    HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Being a local living in "Turktown" name for people born in Gosport we visit the Dockyard a fair bit and have had an annual ticket in previous years. What we were told by a number of volunteers was that the people who run the Dockyard exhibitions only gave the Mary Rose £5 on every ticket sold at the gate and or booked online and that was not enough to keep the facilities of the Mary Rose complex going in future years. Although a lot of behind the scenes discussions took place the figure was not increased hence the MR project have gone on their own. To be honest the MR complex has vastly improved since its early days and personally I think it is certainly in the top half of the yard's attractions.
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    Winter arrival

    I think the dockside crane by the stern is I think in the Dockyard, and the use of the bow thruster would suggest she is manoeuvring into her berth at PIP.
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    Coldest winter I can remember was the year I started my apprenticeship in Portsmouth Dockyard Jan 63. It started snowing on Boxing Day and lasted for a couple of days. It remained cold for the next 2 month and the snow was still lying until early March, during this time there were periods of extreme cold with night time lows of -14 degrees centigrade with the day time reaching the barmy -9. The upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour (Fareham Creek)froze solid and during the Ferry trip across the Harbour from Gosport "Turktown" it was common place to see sheets of ice floating up or down the harbour depending on the tide. The only good thing they still had the old steam driven ferries and everyone tried to position themselves by the upper deck boiler room grills as the heat from below flowed out. The warmth from these set us up for the long walk to Flat House where the apprentice training centre was for the first 2 years of what was a 5 years apprenticeship in those days. Normally 4 intakes a year with over 800 hundred being offered apprenticeships each year, of course we had a Navy in those days. The other thing remember in those days to remember was we had no double glazing or central heating but we survived to tell the tale.
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    Portsmouth Loss of Geest Contract

    Spoke with a Serco skipper this morning and he confirmed that the company have been awarded a contract again, less than a month after supposedly losing it. This is in addition to that provided by Irishman and Guardsman. At least it answers the question why I have seen SD tugs bringing in commercial vessels.
  10. Out south of the Nab Tower, in the so called "deep". Used to watch the dredgers on local Solent shipping AIS. Must have got it right as the last time they took HMS QE out for trials before Christmas leave they did it at dead low water so they certainly got a tick in the box for harbour dredging.
  11. The amount of time that the dredging took both outside and inside the harbour I would suggest a bit of both. Approx 3 million cubic yards of spoil was removed during the whole operation, I once read in the local rag.
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    IoMSP Arrow

    QHM Portsmouth shows Arrow arriving tomorrow 06-00 departing 20-30, this is in addition to Clipper and Goodwill movements.
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    Portsmouth Loss of Geest Contract

    Local Pompey Rag today has half page on the loss of Port's Major Contract. Apparently Geest wished to change there shipping date from Friday to Sunday which the Port could not accommodate and are thus moving to Dover. So within 6 weeks of the Port getting its own dedicated Tug support ie Irishman and Guardsman, instead of using Serco which supports the Naval operation it will be interesting if there will be sufficient work to warrant these two vessels. Incidentally last night Serco did bring in a cargo ship to the port. A case of watch this space I think.