SU4802 : Calshot Tower and RNLI station

taken 11 months ago, near to Calshot, Hampshire, Great Britain

Calshot Tower and RNLI station
Calshot Tower and RNLI station
The 112' (34m) Calshot Tower (see SU4802 : Top of Calshot National Coastwatch Institution tower for more details) rises high above the adjacent RNLI station LinkExternal link. Both are to be found at the end of the mile-long Calshot Spit composed of sand and shingle which also hosts the far older Calshot Castle which was erected on the orders of Henry VIII, and from the roof of which this photograph was taken.
Southampton Water :: SU4407

Southampton Water is a tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Geographically, it is classified as a ria, or drowned valley, of the English Channel. It was formed by the rivers Test, Itchen and Hamble which flow into it, and became an inlet of the sea at the end of the last ice age when sea levels rose, flooding many valleys in the south of England.

The city of Southampton lies at the most northerly point of Southampton Water. Its emergence as a major port, and particularly as a port handling very large vessels, depended partly on certain geographical features of Southampton Water. Its depth, even in its undeveloped state, was generous; this depth of water has been increased over the years with comparative ease since the soft silt of the river-bed allows for easy dredging. An additional factor is the phenomenon of the "double tide", which results in unusually prolonged periods of high water. This greatly facilitates the movements of very large ships.

Together with the Solent, Southampton Water is world-renowned for yachting.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 June, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 2 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Coastal 
Place (from Tags)
Calshot 
Primary Subject of Photo
Lifeboat Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 488 025 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:49.2104N 1:18.4990W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 488 024
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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