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Portsmouth Harbour

Portsmouth Harbour is a large natural harbour. Geographically it is a coastal inlet formed by the partial submergence of an unglaciated river valley that remains open to the sea. It is the drowned valley of a stream flowing from Portsdown into the Solent River. The city of Portsmouth lies to the east on Portsea Island, and Gosport to the west on the mainland. At its north end is Portchester Castle, of Roman origin and the first fortress built to protect the harbour.

The mouth of the harbour provides access to the Solent. It is best known as the home of the Royal Navy, HMNB Portsmouth. Because of its strategic location on the south coast of England, protected by the natural defence of the Isle of Wight, it has since the Middle Ages been the home to England's (and later Britain's) navy. The narrow entrance, and the forts surrounding it gave it a considerable advantage of being virtually impregnable to attack from the sea.

In modern times, the harbour has become a major commercial ferry port, with regular services to Le Havre, France, Cherbourg, France, St Malo, France, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. There is a passenger ferry to Gosport. It is also a major area for leisure sailing. Recently, a large area of the former naval dockyard has been redeveloped into the Gunwharf Quays development, including the Spinnaker Tower.

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by David Dixon

Created: Thu, 25 Jul 2013, Updated: Thu, 25 Jul 2013


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SU6200 : Burrow Island, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : HMS Illustrious, HM Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth by David Dixon
SU6200 : HMS Warrior by Paul Gillett
SZ6299 : The Spinnaker Tower by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Fort Blockhouse, Gosport by David Dixon
SZ6299 : The Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6201 : North Corner Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : 'Arrow' in Portsmouth Harbour by Anne Burgess
SU6200 : Gosport Marina and Fuel Jetty by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Ferry 'Vesta' at Gosport  1968 by Alan Murray-Rust
SZ6299 : Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : Whale Island, HMS Bristol by David Dixon
SZ6299 : The Mouth of Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Pilots boat enters Portsmouth Harbour by N Chadwick
SU6301 : Commercial Ferry Port, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Isle of Wight Ferry, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Portsmouth Harbour and Spinnaker Tower by David Dixon
SU6200 : Portsmouth Harbour, South Railway Jetty and Semaphore Tower by David Dixon
SU6101 : Portsmouth Harbour, Hardway by David Dixon
SZ6299 : P167 entering Portsmouth Harbour by N Chadwick
SZ6299 : Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6200 : Semaphore Building, HMNB Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : Portsmouth Harbour, Royal Navy Dockyard by David Dixon
SU6301 : HMS Bristol, Whale Island by David Dixon
SU6200 : Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport Marina by David Dixon

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