English Channel Panorama and Snow on the Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on December 26, 2009

In addition to the features visible in the Panorama: The Balmoral Cruise Ship at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour photo, this wide-angle shot also shows:

  1. Most of the Prince of Wales Pier (its lighthouse and cafe) above the left-hand corner of the snow-covered old hoverport on the left.

  2. Part of a hill on the right where St Martin's Steps lead to St Martin`s Battery: "The building of the Victorian St Martin's Battery began circa 1870 to counter the threat of a French invasion. The Battery was then 're-modelled' in 1940 during the Second World War".

  3. The relatively unusual light conditions and beautiful sky :)

The features common to both photos are:

Both winter view were taken from the access road leading to the Commando Tunnel entrance of the Drop Redoubt moats (1). In the foreground is the barbed-wire fence of Drop Redoubt Road which leads to the Grand Shaft triple-staircase (1).

The Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines ship, "Balmoral", berthed at Dover's Admiralty Pier (left of centre) on Saturday, 19th of December, 2009, prior to leaving on a 2 night mini-cruise, BL0923, to Amsterdam, Holland (Netherlands) (presumably for Christmas shopping!).

For 'Ship Information' and a history of the Balmoral, see the Zoomed photo of the Balmoral at the Admiralty Pier photo.

A description of the Balmoral from a Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines webpage:

Carrying 1350 passengers the Balmoral is certainly the grandest ship of our fleet, yet still compact enough to offer our trademark intimate, homely atmosphere. The Balmoral offers 710 elegant comfortable cabins, world-class cuisine and diverse onboard activities (also see Balmoral Reviews).

The snow-covered concrete apron below the Balmoral was once Dover's hoverport used by hovercraft zipping to-and-fro across the English Channel.

On the left-hand edge of the apron is the Clock Tower.

The Tidal Harbour is below the apron, bounded on its lower side by Crosswall Jetty, the Dover Lifeboat station, and on its upper side by Dolphin Hard Jetty (see the Heltborg photo).

Somewhat obscured by trees further down the mid-foreground slope are boats in Granville Dock, which lies on this side of Crosswall Jetty.

The squat five-storey cream-coloured building in the centre of the photograph used to be the Lord Warden Hotel; to its left are structures of the old railway Marine Station.

(1) The Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft are owned by English Heritage; they are part of an extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defence system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover, England.

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John Latter on August 8, 2010

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship at Sunrise in the Western Entrance (Monday, 26th of July 2010)

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship nearing the Prince of Wales Pier (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Tanker, Admiralty Pier (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Click to see all Ferry photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ships, Tugs).

Click to see other Panoramic views of Dover.

John Latter on March 28, 2013

The small object to the left of the dark building in the centre of the Hoverport apron is:

A Lone Propeller, Last Symbol of the Hovercraft, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

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  • Uploaded on December 26, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/12/19 15:01:43
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash