Panorama of the Tidal Harbour and Dover Marina from South Pier, Kent, UK

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John Latter on February 22, 2011

A view looking north-west of the Tidal Harbour, part of Dover Marina, taken from the South Pier (near the Old Jetfoil Basin) on Sunday, 16th of May, 2010 (click to see a larger image).

On the waterline left of centre is the distinctive orange superstructure of the Dover lifeboat, RNLB City of London II (1), moored alongside a floating pontoon below the Dover Lifeboat Station on Crosswall Quay. The right-hand half of the station contains a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Gift Shop.

Further to the left, Crosswall Quay ends on one side of the entrance to the non-tidal Granville Dock; it's high tide and the lock gates are in the open position.

The red-bricked Dolphin Jetty stretches across the right-hand side of the photo; the pebbled shoreline of Dolphin Hard is under high water.

A "hard" in the nautical sense is a firm or paved beach or slope that is convenient for hauling boats out of the water (2). The term is especially used in Hampshire, southern England (eg Bucklers Hard hamlet on the banks of the Beaulieu River).

A Dover Harbour Board webpage states (3):

A scrubbing berth, which is also available for minor repairs, is located on Dolphin Hard in the Tidal Harbour.

See The Heltborg beached at Dolphin Hard, Dover Marina photo.

Projecting above Dolphin Jetty are masts from boats and yachts moored at the floating pontoons of the Tidal Harbour and also from boats in the non-tidal Wellington Dock, which lies further to the north.

The buildings behind the masts are on Snargate Street (which runs parallel to the A20) and can be seen better in the Snargate Street from the Seafront Clock Tower photo.

Just above the left-hand corner is part of a jetty on the other side of which is the Tug Haven, home to Dover Harbour Board's DHB Dauntless, DHB Doughty (tugs), and DHB David Church (dredger).

The main part of the town of Dover is located in the River Dour valley out-of-shot to the right. The Western Heights rise up from the valley, cross the above view, and recognisably become part of the western section of the White Cliffs of Dover at Shakespeare Cliff, about 1500 yards to the left.

Somewhere on the chalk cliff-face is the secret location of Dover's "Lost Castle", the Court`s Folly.

Right-of-centre on the skyline is the treeless plateau of the Drop Redoubt, part of a hidden and extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defense system embedded into the Western Heights.

Another component of this "Forgotten Fortress" is the Grand Shaft, a spiral triple-staircase carved vertically through the cliffs to enable troops housed in the now-demolished Grand Shaft Barracks to reach the shoreline quickly. The archway entrance to the Grand Shaft on Snargate Street is just about visible, left-of-centre.

Also in the photo are the Dover Marina office (on Crosswall Quay) and the Wellington Swing-bridge; buildings on Snargate Street include: the Masonic Hall, Dover Sea Angling's Blue Birds Restaurant (I'm a member of the Dover Sea Angling Association Social Club), and Sharp and Enright ("Ship Chandlers and General Merchants").

Click to see all Lifeboat photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ferries, Ships, Tugs, and Workboats).

(1) The 17-09 City of London II arrived in March 1997 and is Dover's 16th lifeboat, succeeding the Thames class lifeboat, Rotary Service (50-001).

City of London II details:

Length: 17m

Beam: 6m

Draught: 1.8m

Top speed: 25 knots

Displacement: 44 tonnes

Crew: 6 + Doctor

Range: 250 nautical miles

The Severn class lifeboat, built by Green Marine, was designed and developed by RNLI staff to replace lifeboats that lay afloat such as the Arun and Waveney classes.

Also see the official Dover Lifeboat website.

A Dover Harbour photo.

(2) Wikipedia entry for Hard (nautical)

(3) Berthing and Navigation

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  • Uploaded on February 22, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/16 11:34:12
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 31.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash