Monday, 21 June 2010

Dolphins in Ramsgate Harbour, lies damned lies and local history.

I received the following email with the picture above, (copyright Gullscliff this link takes you to their website of of excellent local photographs ) at the end of last week:

“Hello I was wondering if you could help me out on something I saw whilst at the library the other day there is a pic of Ramsgate harbour wartime and within the harbour stood these 2 structures not unlike the maunsell sea forts but smaller in design I have enclosed a picture was just wondering if you had any more information on these structures.”

Looking at the picture you could be easily fooled into thinking these were some strange wartime structure and not something both modern and still there, I replied thus:

“Hi as far as I understand these were installed to allow the Volkswagen delivery ferries to moor side on to them in the outer basin with their sterns onto the crosswall, where the cars were unloaded.

The technical term for them is Dolphins, I believe they date from sometime in the 60s or 70s when this was moved from the western end of the inner basin and not the war.

One thing of further note is that they are still there if you go and have a look.

Below the picture I sent to him that I took this morning.
Below a picture also taken this morning of where the link span for the cars to drive off was connected to the crosswall.

1 comment:

  1. well I never knew that. Dolphins in Ramsgit harbour would you Adam and Eve it


Please note comments that may be libellous, comments that may be construed as offensive, anonymous derogatory comments about real people, comments baiting internet trolls, comments saying that an anonymous comment was made by a named real person, boring comments and spam comments, comments in CAPs will be deleted. Playground stuff like calling real people by their time stamp or surname alone, referring to groups as gangs, old duffers and so on will result in deletion. Comment that may be construed as offensive to minority groups is not allowed here either, so think before you write it, remember that the internet is a public place, that it is very difficult to be truly anonymous and that everyone who uses it leaves a trail of some sort. Also note the facility to leave anonymous comment will be turned of during periods when I am unable to monitor comment, this will not affect people commenting who are signed on to their blogger accounts. When things are particularly difficult on the commercial spam front I may turn comment moderation on for periods.

If you feel that someone has left a comment that is offensive and directed at you personally please email me (link on the sidebar) asking to have it removed, you will need to tell which post and the date and timestamp of the offending comment. Please do not reply to the offending comment as I will assume you continuing the dialogue as meaning that you want the comments left there.