Hello and welcome to my Five on Friday Messing About On The River post! Many thanks to Amy from Love Made My Home for letting me join in the fun! Do have a look at all the other interesting posts from all over the world.
I've found a selection of boaty photos for you. First of all we have some barges on the River Wey Navigations not far from Dapdune Wharf, Guildford. The National Trust visitor centre has bags of information about the Navigations and the people who lived and worked along the 15 mile stretch of waterway. There's a cafe and you can see where the barges were made and climb on 'Reliance' one of the barges or even have a boat trip. Plus there are all those miles and miles of towpath to walk or cycle down.
Secondly, we're in Portsmouth Harbour, with the 110m Spinnaker Tower on the left, which can be seen 23 miles away. You can zoom to the top in a speedy lift and, if you are feeling brave, walk on the glass floor. Eek! Don't look down! The bus in the photo is in a queue waiting for the Isle of Wight Ferry which transports cars and passengers to the Isle in a little over 30 minutes where sea, sand, dinosaurs and fossils await.
At number three, also in Portsmouth but at the Historic Dockyard, we have HMS Victory, Nelson's Flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson died on the Orlop Deck after being shot. The thing everyone remembers from a visit to The Victory is the fact that the deck floor was supposedly painted red to hide the blood caused by the battles, but I understand that this is a big myth and that the floor was painted with red ochre, the cheapest paint to waterproof the floor as the hold was below and needed protecting from seepage. Oh well, we are such a gory lot!
Fourthly, a car ferry in Dartmouth is shipping passengers across the River Dart to Kingswear, maybe they are heading off to Agatha Christie's house at the Greenway Estate. Beautiful place, Dartmouth - see my earlier post here.
Finally this is a peculiar sort of boat! It's a weed-cutter and can be seen here merrily chomping weeds in the river at Winchester. It's slicing the weeds below the surface to keep the water clear.
Well that's it! All the boats have sailed away, apart from The Victory which has been in Portsmouth since 1922.
Have a good week and see you again soon.
Thanks for drifting by!