THE VIEW FROM THE DARTMOUTH OFFICE

Every picture on this website, with no exception, is taken from one place - our Dartmouth office garden

For those of you that don’t already know..........every single snap on this website is taken from one place -

our garden in Above Town, Dartmouth, Devon, England


Saturday 10th April  2021 - 9.20am

Windo the Dartmouth seal is back in all its glory. But very fussy about his room.

Do we have a brand new Lower Ferry in Dartmouth ?

Also, there's a new beauty in town....the former Venetian water taxi Egle

And everything comes to he who waits.The amphibious car returned a couple of times.

Lots of pix in April's album here. Hundreds more photos in the March album here.

If you are looking for the dolphins, that was back on 17th January. Just click that date.

Have a delve through the 2020 monthly albums. See them here

You can also take a look at The Pick of TVFTDO.

Search and you will find it. Hint: try 'Special Pages"

22 March 2021 - 18:19:36

Just occasionally nature conspires to produce a light show this good. Devon red soil in a Devon red sunset.

No extra saturation in the computer. This is how it was.


22 March 2021 - 18:21:44

No one is allowed to go picnicing alongside the Daymark at present.

But who needs to when you can get this magnificent rosy view from afar?


22 March 2021 - 10:59:20

The season is approaching and so the RDYC pontoons emerge from their hibernation.

26 March 2021 - 11:50:00

Royal Navy Merlin ZJ122 landed at BRNC and then departed down river with this banked turn near the Higher Ferry.

27 March 2021 - 16:03:11

This did look worrying. Vehicle carrier Morning Celine travelling from Philadelphia to Antwerp appeared to be heading straight for the rocks. In fact it is simply drifting eastwards (right to left in the pic). It did it a few more times over the next couple of days. Treading water the merchant navy way.


24 March 2021 - 17:03:49

The farming calender knows nothing about lockdown.

Up above Kingswear this JD tractor was a harrowing sight.

17 March 2021 - 14:54:07

Strange noises in Above Town. The flat plate vibrator had a piercing ring.

But it was a quick job. And exceptionally neat.

21 March 2021 - 14:36:19

The ernest crew aboard HMS Trumpeter (P294) bring their craft in to Dartmouth for an overnight stay.

25 March 2021 - 09:46:43

You can keep all those steam locos. They're great, but surely nothing is more fun on the railway than this little workhorse?

25 March 2021 - 12:19:01

It must be a pain delivering windows. The device on the end of the crane has four huge suction cups to ensure a bit of safety.

Not sure you would catch me standing underneath it.

19 March 2021 - 13:28:58

It sure looked mean. It's Raptor 1, which appears to be a Torquay based "buy-a-fast-ride" rib.  

With those three motors on the back, it'll certainly be a fast ride once out of the harbour.

19 March 2021 - 09:49:27

Strewth, the college has earned its stripes.

As Greta Garbo said in Grand Hotel "I vant to be a lawn".

                     27 March 2021 - 13:31:38         (inset 23 July 2004)

TVFTDO spotter Susie texted an alert on Saturday "Had I seen the car in the river". I got there just in time to see this Dutton Surf 4WD emerging up the Lower Ferry slipway.  It's a kit car based on an old Suzuki Jimmy. It'll do 85mph on land and.....6mph on water. The last time I saw an amphibious car in the river In Dartmouth was back in 2004 (inset photo). That was, I believe, A Gibbs Aquada from New Zealand. A slightly faster model.

19 March 2021 - 13:29:54

Look at 'em. Three 300 Mercurys. That'll make it shift.

It'll also make the contents of the operators wallet shift.

2 April 2021 - 14:06:02

Last weekend I managed to grab a few shots showing ths unusual motor leaving the river.

Today (Good Friday) it is back, looking good. And there is now quite a sequence to be seen inside. Just click the pic.

2 April 2021 - 14:06:36

If you want to see this Dutton Surf 4WD leave the river Dart at the yacht club slipway in Kingswear, you know what to do....click the pic.

2 April 2021 - 13:15:07

The young crew aboard tall ship Pelican of London headed up into the rigging for a good old sing song. "Hey heave ho!"

There are pix of the boat's departure inside. Just click the pic.

1 April 2021 - 09:27:14

Tall ship Pelican of London had sailed in from Portugal. Some of the crew were delighted to see familiar faces on the quayside in Dartmouth.

Lots more pix inside of the ship's arrival.

30 March 2021 - 14:00:43

It's been a river activity week for the cadets at BRNC, lots of movements on the Dart.

The plan of attack (or plan of defence) displayed on the map is unlikely to be top secret.

30 March 2021 - 06:09:28

If you look very carfully you can see Kingswear riverside properties under this beautiful mist at sunrise.

31 March 2021 - 08:12:32

Dartmouth's largest fishing vessel the William Henry II (DH5) received an upgrade on its radar this week.

There's almost as much kit up its mast than there was at Jodrell Bank.

30 March 2021 - 14:06:34

Someone phoned the harbour office about this. It was a trunk call.

Inside you can see where the Dart Harbour crew collected this large tree.

30 March 2021 - 06:13:05

This friendly blackbird went for the mixed platter at the restaurant on our lawn.

30 March 2021 - 13:55:41

There seems to have been an increase in the number of seals in the river. Certainly there's an increase in the number we see.

29 March 2021 - 13:39:44

Quite an elegant sleek motor. So who decided to erect the scout troop tent on the flying brtdge ?

4 April 2021 - 15:08:47

There certainly is a new beauty in town. A gorgeous former Ventian water taxi (number VE.7288).

Bulit by Cantierre Chia of Venice in 1974 and now fully restored.

4 April 2021 - 14:59:26

Egle has a Chevrolet V8 engine hidden away.

As you can see, it will shift.

4 April 2021 - 15:08:47

If you were wondering, the flag is the official emblem of the Royal Dart Yacht Club.

4 April 2021 - 13:56:41

Two days later, on another excursion I managed to get a close up of the rear end showing the Dutton Surf's jet drive.

8 April 2021 - 08:16:10

Windo is back !  Go on, tell me it isn't Windo.  Mind you it looks like his lockdown diet hasn't worked. As my senior seal spotter said " we know who ate all the pies". The lovable lad had book an AirBnB on the Kingswear trots. Sleeps one. More pix inside.

6 April 2021 - 16:44:15

A surprise visit from a special train on Tuesday evening. Two diesel locos, D6851 (this one) and 37688, known as Red Rocks brought into Kingswear a  long row of very elegant carriages. Apparently this was a 'learning' excursion', which probably means a training run.

Lots more pix of both locos and the entire train inside. Just click the pic.

8 April 2021 - 13:18:50

There's seems to be a new Lower Ferrty.

But is all what it appears ?

8 April 2021 - 13:21:30

No, not at all. This is the brand new supply ship Bata Nam Brathairean picking up 'supplies'. In this case, a car.

But things didn't go swimmingly - take a look inside to see the problem. Just click the pic. Meanwhile, the real Lower Ferry was very patient.

9 April 2021 - 12:29:53

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away today, so I had a look for who had managed to fly their flags at half mast.

Up at BRNC some poor soul was sent up in a bosun chair to sort things out. Not that I saw a jack flying later, but it could have been out of view.

9 April 2021 - 12:59:12                                                                                       9 April 2021 - 12:29:24

Meanwhile two private residences in Kingswear very quickly did the honours.

Although perhaps in one instnace the term "half mast" was taken a shade literally. But a good show nevertheless.

9 April 2021 - 06:52:54

They don't really compete as a spectacle  with Windo the Dartmouth seal (see below) But this family of ducks did look very confused in the centre of the river and looked to be in distress. Finally a direction was decided upon, and off they went.

10 April 2021 - 08:19:42

Oh very droll, Windo, very droll.

Dartmouth's favourite seal (the vast Windo) has moved to the next door AirBnB. Better facilities, apparently.

It was probably the decor that did it. You can see him (or her) a few pix down the page here. There will be more inside the April album later.