TQ2104 : A very distinctive houseboat at Shoreham Beach, West Sussex

taken 8 years ago, near to Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, Great Britain

A very distinctive houseboat at Shoreham Beach, West Sussex
A very distinctive houseboat at Shoreham Beach, West Sussex
Hamish's boat.

Verda was built in Millwall for the Port of Portsmouth Steam Launch & Towing Company in 1929. She was used on the Gosport crossing. She was powered by a 2-cylinder compound engine by Plenty of Newbury. She was bought by the Solent Boating Company and fitted with a Gardner diesel engine and small deckhouse. Verda was employed on Southampton harbour tours, and other Solent cruises.
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There are more than forty available numbered mooring facilities on this tidal stretch of the River Adur at Shoreham Beach. These are occupied by a bizarre selection of houseboats, many constructed by attaching improvised living quarters, or even a prefabricated mobile home onto a variety of old hulls. Few are conventional boats in structure. Several are artistic, almost surrealist in appearance. Much evidence of the DIY nature of the vessels' development lies around the boats in the form of stored (or discarded) materials. However dishevelled some of these houseboats appear, they are homes, and should be respected as such. Poverty must not be an automatic assumption. This lifestyle is relished by some people. Then there is the little problem that a mooring spot here can now cost as much as 200,000 before a boat is even brought here. There has been a community living here in this way for many years.

There are several interesting websites giving information on the history of some of the boats. A list on Wiki can be seen here: LinkExternal link
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TQ2104, 221 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 31 December, 2009   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 5 January, 2010
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Houseboats   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 212 047 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.7488N 0:16.7750W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 212 046
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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