As we all know, Ireland is the only real banana republic in Europe. Fyffes have a humongously large banana distribution centre near Dundalk.!
The floatation fenders on the DUKWs used by Dublin Viking Tours are a Health & safety requirement when the vehicle is full of fare-paying revellers.
Yes, Dorset, Studland, Lulworth and Poole Hb. is a fascinating coastline/area....England's 'Durassic' coast, named I understand from the vast number of fossils found there. We often visited when we kept our shared GK29 at Hamble and more often than not there would be one of two yots aground in Poole Hb. awaiting a tide to get them off. Perhaps that's where a DUKW would come in handy....as a tow-off vehicle. They are very powerful. Re: priority, If you're aground, you're aground!
A lot of Poole Hb. is so shallow that it is more than wise to follow the marked channels. We've also had a fair few picnics on Brownsea Island, of course.
Thanks Tom...We had a fleet of G K 24 's in Weymouth and Portland Harbour... Most of them had double barrelled names starting with G and K.
Lulworth, Durdle Door and Charmouth were the homes of the fossil hunters...West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis are the home
of very unstable cliffs..so there is always a chance of a new find.
Poole Harbour with its mud flats and Double Tides was the home of many bilge keel Yachts...
My family had a hard chine 20 foot Hurly Felicity Bilge Keel Yacht for 20 years...in Portland Harbour....She dried out overnight in Poole Harbour
during her cruises....She even went up to Wareham Quay on the tide...sailing between the reed banks was a peaceful experience.
One year she was away for a month , and sailed as far as Chichester............
Newtown Creek on the I.O.W. was a good port of call for a shallow draft boat.........
When we raced to Poole from Weymouth , the fin keel yachts sometimes anchored overnight in South Deep...Into Poole Harbour Entrance
and turn Left....saves all the problems on Poole Quay, and saves time on the return trip to Portland Harbour.
We always took the Inshore Passage inside St Albans Race and sailed close to the coast to Swanage past the Purbeck Quarry whims
The stone cranes made from the masts of locally wrecked ships
I never found any explicit information regarding the rowing and sailing 20 foot barges which transported stone from the quarries to
Swanage Quay for banking and forwarding to building projects
The Streets of London were paved with Purbeck Stone ...Many buildings were re fronted with Purbeck Stone....The old building fronts
and original cast iron street bollards were returned to Swanage as ballast in the big sailing stone boats.
So Swanage is a seaside town with Old London Building Facades...............John Molem was the Contractor...an interesting story....Rod