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Dover Harbour Eastern Docks and Sea Front Sunset, Western Heights, Kent, UK

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John Latter on December 29, 2009

Another photo showing the relatively unusual light conditions existing over the English Channel on Saturday, 19th of December, 2009 (1).

The pier jutting out to sea towards the right-hand edge of the photo, with the car ferry terminal built on this side of it, is the Eastern Arm (2).

Although they won't be visible on low-resolution versions of this photo, there are four cross-channel ferries in dock belonging to (from right to left): P and O Ferries, Seafrance, the Norfolk Line, and another P&O ferry.

The dual-carraigeway, Jubilee Way, arcing into to the Eastern Docks (3) on the left-hand side, is relatively free of traffic.

Left of centre at the bottom of the photo is a segment of the snow-covered Snargate Street roundabout.

Traffic heading along Townwall Street (as this part of the A20 is known) from the roundabout towards the Eastern Docks is grid-locked, due in part to five Eurostar trains having broken down in the Eurotunnel:

More than 2,000 people were trapped inside the Channel Tunnel for hours after five trains suffered electrical failure due to freezing conditions. (BBC News)

Severus Gate, also known as Boldware Gate, once stood just after the midway point between the first two lamp-posts on Townwall Street above the roundabout.

Above the rather yellow-looking white cliffs is part of the Admiralty Lookout Station (4). Located in the grounds of Dover Castle, the signal station was built prior to the First World War, on the site of the earlier Hospital Battery. The statue to Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay is closeby.

In front of the base of the cliffs is Burlington House. On the other side of Townwall Street to Burlington House is the western end of the Gateway Flats.

The 'angled' brown building which begins just above the right-hand side of the Snargate Street roundabout fronts onto Newbridge. Above this building, although somewhat difficult to see, are the remaining houses of Camden Crescent - see the Indian Mutiny War Memorial, Charles Dickens, and Roman Empire photo.

Above the bottom right-hand corner of the photo is part of the Churchill Hotel; the similar styled building to the left of the hotel houses the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (and bar!)

The promenade on Dover's seafront (Marine Parade) is snow-covered, and the beach submerged under a high tide.

Out at sea, a tug is making its way to Dover Harbour's Eastern Entrance (between the Eastern Arm and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater).

Within 15 to 150 yards of where this photo was taken from are: Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve, the Court`s Folly, the 64 Steps, and the Drop Redoubt.

The Drop Redoubt is part of an extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defence system embedded into the Western Heights.

Dover Castle and the Western Heights fortifications are English Heritage sites.

(1) For other examples, taken on the same day, see the Panorama of the English Channel from the snow-covered Western Heights and Dover Castle in Snow and Sun, Winter 2009, from the Western Heights photos.

(2) See The History of the Port of Dover under "Royal Charter".

(3) See Eastern Docks

(4) See Admiralty Lookout on the Friends of Dover Castle website.

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter, on December 29, 2009, said:

Left of centre at the bottom of the photo is a segment of the snow-covered Snargate Street roundabout.

Oops - it's the York Street roundabout.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 29, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/12/19 15:10:30
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash