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On a slow sales day at Felixstowe (it was not a
nice day weatherwise, and most folk sensibly
stayed in bed), I wandered up the banks of the
River Deben and found these two hulks
settling in the mud. Suffolk seems to be
particularly good at holding on to its retired
coastal shipping in this manner, perhaps with
a view to future marine archaeology. An entire
coastal tanker was firmly wedged in the
sands on Covehithe beach, further up the
coast. As far as I know it is still there,
gradually being consumed by coastal erosion
and the action of the tides. As a callow youth
in the Gosport / Portsmouth area it was great
fun to chance upon war detritus scattered around the nooks and crannies of Portsmouth
Harbour and Fareham Creek - a couple of MTBs once, and a familiar U-Boat casually
discarded on the northern shore of the Harbour, guarded by the entire Reserve Fleet.
They've all gone now, as have virtually all of our historical warships, gone to scrap. The
beautiful late-WW2 battleship HMS Vanguard, last of its kind, was for years parked in the
upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour, then one day it was gone. Forever. As these will
be one day, but with, one suspects, rather less gnashing of teeth.
On a slow sales day at Felixstowe (it was not a nice day weatherwise, and most folk sensibly
stayed in bed), I wandered up the banks of the River Deben and found these two hulks
settling in the mud. Suffolk seems to be particularly good at holding on to its retired coastal
shipping in this manner, perhaps with a view to future marine archaeology. An entire
coastal tanker was firmly wedged in the sands on Covehithe beach, further up the coast. As
far as I know it is still there, gradually being consumed by coastal erosion and the action of
the tides. As a callow youth in the Gosport / Portsmouth area it was great fun to chance
upon war detritus scattered around the nooks and crannies of Portsmouth Harbour and
Fareham Creek - a couple of MTBs once, and a familiar U-Boat casually discarded on the
northern shore of the Harbour, guarded by the entire Reserve Fleet. They've all gone now,
as have virtually all of our historical warships, gone to scrap. The beautiful late-WW2
battleship HMS Vanguard, last of its kind, was for years parked in the upper reaches of
Portsmouth Harbour, then one day it was gone. Forever. As these will be one day, but
with, one suspects, rather less gnashing of teeth.
On a slow sales day at Felixstowe (it was not a
nice day weatherwise, and most folk sensibly
stayed in bed), I wandered up the banks of the
River Deben and found these two hulks settling in
the mud. Suffolk seems to be particularly good at
holding on to its retired coastal shipping in this
manner, perhaps with a view to future marine
archaeology. An entire coastal tanker was firmly
wedged in the sands on Covehithe beach, further
up the coast. As far as I know it is still there,
gradually being consumed by coastal erosion and
the action of the tides. As a callow youth in the
Gosport / Portsmouth area it was great fun to
chance upon war detritus scattered around the
nooks and crannies of Portsmouth Harbour and Fareham Creek - a couple of MTBs once,
and a familiar U-Boat casually discarded on the northern shore of the Harbour, guarded by
the entire Reserve Fleet. They've all gone now, as have virtually all of our historical
warships, gone to scrap. The beautiful late-WW2 battleship HMS Vanguard, last of its kind,
was for years parked in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour, then one day it was
gone. Forever. As these will be one day, but with, one suspects, rather less gnashing of
teeth.

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On a slow sales day at Felixstowe (it was not a nice day weatherwise, and most folk sensibly stayed in bed), I wandered up the banks of the River Deben and found these two hulks settling in the mud. Suffolk seems to be particularly good at holding on to its retired coastal shipping in this manner, perhaps with a view to future marine archaeology. An entire coastal tanker was firmly wedged in the sands on Covehithe beach, further up the coast. As far as I know it is still there, gradually being consumed by coastal erosion and the action of the tides. As a callow youth in the Gosport / Portsmouth area it was great fun to chance upon war detritus scattered around the nooks and crannies of Portsmouth Harbour and Fareham Creek - a couple of MTBs once, and a familiar U-Boat casually discarded on the northern shore of the Harbour, guarded by the entire Reserve Fleet. They've all gone now, as have virtually all of our historical warships, gone to scrap. The beautiful late-WW2 battleship HMS Vanguard, last of its kind, was for years parked in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour, then one day it was gone. Forever.   As these will be one day, but with, one suspects, rather less gnashing of teeth.        
The pale inner gold edge to the frame echoes some of the colours in the picture

The pale inner gold edge to the frame echoes some of the colours in the picture

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