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Three Solent Forts and Macaroons, Might 2021 « Chelsea Kayak Membership


Six of us arrived on the Diving Museum automobile park, Browndown on the south coast close to to Gosport on Saturday 1 Might 2021. Jan had a brand new dry swimsuit he was making an attempt out on his first sea crossing:

Jan has a brand new dry swimsuit to check out

After launching, we head to Gilkicker Level fairly rapidly with the circulation. Then cross the channel for Portsmouth Harbour between fast paced yachts and eastwards over to Spit Sands Fort. That is one in every of 4 round forts constructed within the Solent as a part of the Napoleonic defences within the 1870s, and referred to as a Palmerston Fort. Palmerston Forts might be discovered alongside the south coast (eg the spherical Martello tower at Seaview) and on the Isle of Wight (eg Sandown Fort, which was used to pump gasoline to France as a part of the D-Day landings, and now a zoo). All of the Solent forts are fairly a tremendous feat of engineering to be constructed in the midst of the Solent with no close by land. All 4 forts had been purchased from the federal government within the Eighties and Spit Financial institution Fort is now a lodge. Final yr all of them went up on the market. So for those who’re , you may put in a proposal for Spit Financial institution Fort, within the area of £4m.

Spit Financial institution Fort
On the market: Spit Financial institution Fort

Though not capable of land, we circumnavigate the 62.5m diameter fort earlier than heading to a buoy that marks the positioning of the sinking of the Mary Rose. As you’ll know, the Mary Rose was the premier battleship of the 1640s, and one of many first to have broadside cannons. She sank whereas becalmed throughout a battle with the French in 1645, when a powerful gust prompted the ship to lean over and permit water in via the gun ports. That flooded the ship nearly instantly and prompted the brick oven and cannons to interrupt free. Greater than 345 sailors died, many caught up within the anti-boarding netting. The ship was raised in 1982 in one of many greatest marine salvage operations of its time. Though the ship itself is now in a museum in Portsmouth attracting 200,000 individuals a yr, the buoy is a really poor memorial, with even some letters rubbed off.

Mary Rose Buoy

From the Mary Rose buoy, we head in a south easterly path crossing the principle channel to Portsmouth Harbour, over to Horse Sands Fort. In contrast to Spit Sands Fort, Horse Sands Fort is derelict, or in property agent language “preserved in its unique state”, and yours for under £750,000. It is usually on the finish of an chain of submerged anti-submarine concrete blocks, a part of second world conflict defences. Apparently these serving on the forts through the second world conflict had been intentionally chosen for his or her incapacity to swim, to keep away from any try to flee. As if to underline the persevering with strategic nature of the port at Portsmouth, we see a Royal Navy ship cross by.

Royal Navy ship on the way in which out to sea

After the compulsory circumnavigation of the Horse Sands Fort we head in a south westerly path to No Man’s Fort, a 23 bed room lodge with a helipad (yours for under £4.25m), nearly an identical to Horse Sands Fort.

No Man’s Fort

After lunch at Seaview on the Isle of Wight, the tidal stream adjustments path and we head north westerly throughout the transport channel to North Sturbridge buoy in the midst of the Solent. The wind picks up additional to F4 and it begins to rain closely, being pushed into our faces for about 15 minutes. There’s nothing else to do besides preserve going and head again to the launch spot.

The solar comes out as we arrive again in Browndown and we’ve some home made macaroons equipped by Cathy, to have a good time a profitable journey throughout the Solent and with a couple of historic websites alongside the way in which.

Browndown
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