SU4900 : Marine Traffic near Calshot Spit

taken 1 year ago, near to Calshot, Hampshire, Great Britain

Marine Traffic near Calshot Spit
Marine Traffic near Calshot Spit
A Red Funnel ferry, heading for the Isle of Wight, has passed between the (green) North Thorn buoy and the (red) Calshot Spit light float as it turns to follow the Thorn Channel. It is being followed by the Harbourmaster's boat.

The Calshot Spit Light Float dates back to 1842. Several light vessels have been used to mark the navigational hazard of the Spit and aid safe passage of vessels entering Southampton Water. The last Calshot Spit Light Ship was LV78, decommissioned in 1987 and used as a static attraction at Southamptonís Ocean Village Marina (SU4210 : Calshot Spit light vessel) before being transferred to Trafalgar Dock in 2010 (SU4210 : Calshot Spit light vessel on the dockside).

LV78 was replaced with a steel catamaran with a steel lattice superstructure. The catamaran always lies with the tide, enabling pilots bringing large ships into Southampton to see the tidal stream direction (This can be seen in Ian Paterson's photograph SU4900 : Calshot Spit catamaran buoy).

The steel superstructure seen in that photograph was replaced with a 6Ĺ metre tall aluminium self-contained structure in 2015. As well as navigation light and 2-mile omni-directional fog signal, the float is equipped with four 100 watt solar panels and a trial meteorological station to collect weather data which is transmitted every five minutes and can be seen at LinkExternal link (ABP Southampton). Other features include an anchor ball and self-contained anchor light.

The light float is in position 50 48.350' N 001 17.637'W and has a characteristic of Fl W 5s.
LinkExternal link (Maritime Journal).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 9 June, 2017
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 498 009 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.3495N 1:17.6373W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 499 011
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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The Solent  Buoys  Light Float  Red Buoy  PHM  Port Hand Mark  Red Funnel  Ferry  Harbour Master 

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