She's got a ticket to Ryde

by Adrian August. 17, 2009 2409 views

Sorry, couldn't resist that title ;)

We went to the coast today; down to Southsea, near Portsmouth.

The main reason for the trip was that I wanted to get a shot or two of the passenger hovercraft service that runs from Ryde (Isle of Wight) Southsea. The hovercraft that used to run across the English Channel was discontinued a while back, as it became uneconomic to run, so I wanted to catch these whilst they were still flying!

Apparently this year marks the 50th anniversary of a hovercraft first landing in Southsea. It was one of the very first, developed by Sir Christopher Cockerill on the Isle of Wight.

What I didn't know until I did a bit of research is that there's a hovercraft museum nearby, at Lee-on-Solent. They have an open event every year, in late July. Unfortunately I've missed this one, but maybe next year!

Hovercraft GH-2132 arriving at Ryde (ex Southsea), about to run up the beach to the passenger terminal. Taken with the 400D.

Here's the “slippery slope” people are always warning you about ;) Taken with the ZN5.

Brittany Ferries “Normandie” coming down the Solent, with Southsea beach in the foreground. Another ZN5 shot.

Memorial to those who fell during WWI and WWII. More on that here. [] Also from my ZN5.

Southsea Castle (built for Henry VIII), with the lighthouse on top, built in 1820. The castle is now a museum, for more info click here. [] ZN5 once again.

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