Portsmouth Harbour :: Shared Description

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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SU6301 : Portsmouth Naval Base by Anne Burgess
SU6204 : Portchester Castle, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SZ6399 : Isle of Wight Ferry at Portsmouth Terminal by David Dixon
SU6301 : Whale Island and HMS Bristol by Anne Burgess
SU6301 : Royal Navy Dockyard, HMS Richmond by David Dixon
SZ6399 : Portsmouth Town Quay by David Dixon
SU6200 : Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth by David Dixon
SU6200 : HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6101 : Hardway, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SZ6299 : Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport by David Dixon
SU6200 : King's Stairs Jetty by Anne Burgess
SZ6299 : Portsmouth Harbour, Fort Blockhouse by David Dixon
SU6200 : HMS Warrior and Other boats by Paul Gillett
SU6301 : HM Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth by David Dixon
SU6200 : Portsmouth Harbour, Jetty at Gosport by David Dixon
SU6200 : Tanker, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth harbour by David Dixon
SU6101 : Portsmouth Harbour, Hardway by David Dixon
SU6301 : Portsmouth Harbour, Continental Ferry Port by David Dixon
SU6200 : HMS M33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard by PAUL FARMER
SU6200 : Portsmouth Harbour, The Naval Dockyards and HMS Warrior by David Dixon
SU6201 : North Corner by Anne Burgess
SU6200 : Gosport Marina and Dry Dock, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : HM Navy Dockyard, Portsmouth by David Dixon
SU6102 : Mothballed Warships by The Dolphins, Portsmouth Harbour by David Dixon
SU6301 : Portsmouth Harbour by Anne Burgess

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

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