Friday, 31 March 2017

The Fairmile RML 497 Update

I'm absolutely delighted to report that this wonderful boat has been bought with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and will be an important attraction in the historic dockyard in Portsmouth.

Head of Heritage Development at the NMRN, Nick Hewitt, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported us in acquiring RML 497. She’s an amazing survivor, full of original features and still fully operational, which is incredible for a wooden warship built for ‘hostilities only’ service during the Second World War.

“When she comes to Portsmouth she’ll be entering a whole new phase of her long life, and I’m sure our visitors will be just as excited as we are to step aboard her and see Portsmouth’s amazing naval heritage from the deck of a real warship.”

Extract Ref:

You can read the whole story here.

Here are some of my photos from Brixham when Greenway Ferry Company owned her and she sailed across the bay every summer.

Greenway Ferry Company spent a huge amount of money restoring and maintaining her which also included restoration to her original wartime colours

We were lucky enough to sail on her over to Slapton Sands a few years ago in remembrance of the fallen of WWII Exercise Tiger Tragedy at Slapton Sands.

Brixham Harbour and the Fairmile

It's such a shame she couldn't be kept in the bay, as she looked spectacular crossing the waters however the National Museum of the Royal Navy is a perfect resting place.

I hope you get to see her there
Until next time

Friday, 17 March 2017

Saw the Humpback Whale

Probably one of the most exciting wildlife moments of my life. I was sitting on the sofa on Sunday  afternoon (12th March) and saw a windsurfer out in the bay, however something else caught my eye.

I could see a mist of water being blown into the air, so I followed it and saw something very big moving in the water and splashing about.

Much too big to be a dolphin, no sign of those wretched noisy and annoying jet skiers, so I jumped up grabbed the binoculars, shouted to hubby and phoned the neighbours.

Sure enough it was the humpback whale which had come over from Slapton to have some fun and a feed in the bay.

Here is an article from the local newspaper with great photos and a video 

I tried very hard to get some images but only succeeded in getting a splash of water without the tail.

However here are some photos and images from others who were lucky enough to see it too and captured this very exciting event on film. Please copy this link into your browser to see a picture taken by those lucky owners at the Guardhouse Cafe up at Berry Head 

You can also read this very nice article from Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust about the whale.

Until next time