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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2015, 05:17:00 PM »



French trawlers sheltering from a gale.




French fishermen net mending.

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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2015, 11:44:14 PM »

Hello Bona
Would you know anything of the Ramsgate fishing smack 'Reliable' ship number 128469 lost at sea in March 1917? I should like to know how I could find the 'R' number of the boat and so perhaps find an old photo of the boat from the many photographs taken of the harbour full of fishing smacks. Do you know if there is an index matching official ship numbers to The R numbers of ships registered at Ramsgate?

My interest is because my great grandfather Walter Holden who was 41 years old in 1917 with a wife and five children was 'supposed drowned' and is commemorated on the roll of honour in the sailors church. The family knew nothing for certain of the boats fate, perhaps it struck a mine, in any event I assume the boat and the entire crew were lost or otherwise we should know more of the boats fate? If so, then I wonder who else named on the roll of honour was on the Reliable when she sank?
Yours sincerely..Mike Holden   
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2016, 10:43:22 AM »





                                      A winter storm in 1987.


The photograph showing waves crashing over the East pier.
The completion of the East gully pontoons to be carried out.
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2016, 10:23:48 AM »

 Perfuguim miseris shown here on the East pier, Ramsgate.
  Tranlates from Latin...Refuge for those in need..

 Designed and placed by Theresa Smith in rememberance of the thousands of seamen lost in our local seas.  The lettering set at half tide show that when the rising tide starts covering the letters this mirrors the tide outside covering the Goodwin Sands and the seamen losing their lives.
The Great Storm in 1703 caused 1190 men to die on their warships.
The storm and the lack of shelter to over 300 ships anchored in the Downs made the authorities to start
the rebuild of the harbour in 1749.
Although taking 100 years to complete, the work created a Harbour of Refuge.

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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2016, 02:43:26 PM »



P&A Campbell Ltd ship Queen of the Isles sailed day trips between Southend and Margate in the summer of 1969.
Several visits to Ramsgate Harbour were carried out.
Built by Charles Hill and sons, Bristol in 1964.
Unfortunately the period of day trippers visiting our resorts by sea was waning.
The ship destined for the Penzance to Scilly Isles did not get contracts.
The vessel was sold or given to Tonga where she cruised for 10 years under the name Olovaha.
In the early 1980's and named Gulf Explorer, she cruised as a floating casino off Aukland, New Zealand.
Late 1980 and early 1990 she cruised the Barrier Reef under her original name.
Mid March 1997 a cyclone drove the vessel on a reef on the Solomon Islands.




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