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Night Panorama of Dover Harbour Western Docks, St Martin's Battery, Kent, UK

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John Latter on January 25, 2011

This panorama view (see a larger size) of the Western Docks of Dover Harbour was taken from the Victorian and Second World War gun emplacements of St Martin`s Battery, Western Heights, at 4.25 am on Tuesday, 24th of August, 2010.

At top-left, the Western Entrance from the English Channel (Straits of Dover) to the harbour is formed by the Southern Breakwater (see the lighthouse) on the left and the Admiralty Pier on the right (see the lighthouse).

Right-hand side of the photo:

The Saga Ruby Cruise Ship is berthed in the Inner Harbour at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) on the Admiralty Pier (right of top-centre) having just completed the "Treasures of the Anglo-Celtic Isles" cruise which had begun at Dover on August the 11th.

Cruise itinerary: Dover, Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Portree, Greenock (Glasgow), Belfast, Holyhead (Wales), Dublin, Cork, Falmouth, Guernsey (Channel Islands), Dover

To the right of the passenger ship's bow (facing the viewer) is the Cruise Terminal One building, once Dover Marine Railway Station and then Dover Western Docks Railway Station. Shakespeare Beach is to the right.

The 5-storey cream-coloured structure obscuring the arched facade of the CT1 building is Lord Warden House, once the Lord Warden Hotel and HMS Wasp Shore Station during World War II.

Below the bow of the Saga Ruby is the old Jetfoil Basin, currently occupied by the Sarah Grey tug (in port to assist with removing the wreck of the Spanish Prince, a First World War blockship) and the Haven Seaway (a "Mono-hull Jack Up Barge").

In the bottom right-hand corner is the railway line from Dover Priory Railway Station which runs west along the coast (parallel to Shakespeare Beach) towards Folkestone. On the right-hand side of the tracks are some buildings on the other side of whch are Elizabeth Road and Elizabeth Street.

Left-hand side of the photo:

The lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier is below the middle of the Western Entrance.

On the left-hand side of this pier, near the edge of the photo in the Outer Harbour, is the Waasland Sea Barge, also assisting in removing the Spanish Prince wreck (sonar image). To the right of the pier is the large concrete apron of the old Hoverport, bounded on the right by the North Pier (South Pier on the other side of the channel).

Below the concrete apron is Dolphin Jetty (obscuring Dolphin Hard itself) in the Tidal Harbour. Crosswall Quay, with the Dover Lifeboat Station building on top, comes in from the left and ends at the lock gates below which is the non-tidal Granville Dock (or Granville Docks).

The Tug Haven is above the lock gates to the right: the Dover Harbour Board tugs, DHB Dauntless (left) and DHB Doughty (right). Both tugs have their "headlights" on. The David Church dredger is in front of DHB Doughty.

Vessel Details (where applicable):

Saga Ruby: Call Sign: 9HA2415, IMO: 7214715, MMSI: 248563000

Sarah Grey: Call Sign: ZQQQ5, IMO: 8956437, MMSI: 235000357

DHB Doughty: Call Sign MZGA8, IMO 9190468, MMSI 232004783

DHB Dauntless: Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784

David Church: Call Sign: MVEL2, IMO: 9112193, MMSI: 235004391

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Also see:

MS Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and Neptune Catamaran, Western Docks, Dover

Taken the same day as the Night Panorama of the Western Docks in Dover Harbour photo, but only now uploaded!

John Latter on January 8, 2013

If the ship is in range and its AIS (Automatic Identification System) is on, then the current position of the vessel can be seen on this MS Saga Ruby webpage.

Tony Ciantar on April 13, 2015

lovely photo, considerable effort being there so early in the morning.

John Latter on April 15, 2015

I'm pleased that you like the photo, Anthony - thanks!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 24, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/24 05:25:49
    • Exposure: 2.000s
    • Focal Length: 33.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash