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1.20am Sunday 15th September 2019  

Is Le Dumont D'Urville's departure one of the most spectacular sights ever seen in Dartmouth?


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And 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

16 May 2019 05:41 PM

What's this ?  It's a sun halo of course. Not the rarest sight, but unusual enough to excite me.

the Dartmouth view. Dartmouth, Devon. Dartmouth, England. Dartmouth UK. Kingswear. The River Dart. Hoodown. Kingswear Castle. Dartmouth Castle. BRNC Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. South Hams. Torbay.

Dartmouth views. Kingswear views. Views of the River Dart. Waterhead Creek. Dart Harbour. Devon views. Living in dartmouth. Living in devon.


22 August 2019 04:29 PM

This is Garcon, a 67 metre superyacht. Except that it's not exactly a superyacht. It's a superyacht's supply vessel. ie, the tender to a superyacht.

Garcon carries all the toys. Today that includes a helicopter all wrapped up. Probably ready for an Atlantic crossing.

22 August 2019 09:07 PM

And here in the darkness is its superyacht. Called Ace, it is 85 meteres long.

Sad to say both boats moored out in the range.

23 August 2019 08:23 AM                                                                      22 August 2019 07:58 PM

These two craft, rather nice in themselves are...tenders to the tender.

22 August 2019 12:39 PM

A little Royal Navy Wildcat showing off.

17 August 2019 02:07 PM

We are seeing loads more canoe and paddleboard groups out on the river.

Or, as in this case. On the shore having their sarnies.

16 August 2019 01:17 AM

SY Bristolian was moored up in the centre of the river for a few days so there was plenty of opportunity for some night shots. But just look at this - it's a ten second exposure on a 600mm lens. For once the river played ball and sat still for a while. You can even read the name on the boom.

19 August 2019 07:20 PM

A Royal Navy Merlin (number ZH826) was the second of the day to fly through. I do feel I am getting better at snapping these monsters.

Mind you, it's about time, I've had enough practise.

19 August 2019 05:26 PM

This may well look like it is the same chopper crew - but it's not. This Merlin flew through a couple of hours earlier

23 August 2019 09:40 AM

Housebuilding Kingswear style in 2019. Not too disimilar to Lego, with a later application of Playdough.

23 August 2019 08:01 AM

You can never get enough mist and sun combination. Well, not if you're a snapper.

20 August 2019 11:08 PM

The moon over Inverdart.

22 August 2019 09:32 AM

Container ship NYK Romulus has just left Antwerp and is heading for Savannah, Georgia.

The front end will probably arrive a day before the back end.

18 August 2019 12:41 PM

Another visit from the gorgeous Union of South Africa. Yes, gorgeous.

30 August 2019 08:44 AM

Dartmouth Royal Regatta air displays returned on Friday with this spectacular performance by the local aviators The Housemartins. Previously a successful pop group the boys and girls have turned their talents to the skies. This was a rehearsal flown from their base on the side of a neighbours' house. A spectacular display which they promise to repeat many times over the weekend.  Move over the Red Arrows eh ?

29 August 2019 09:46 AM

Heading out into the bay for Regatta races. Why can't one of the races finish in the river ?

29 August 2019 11:30 PM

Night time glow from the guardship flotilla. That's Trinity House Vessel Patricia at the back and in the foreground the rather delightful 1906 craft Lilian. Lilian is not to be confused with the boat moored alongside which is the somewhat newer May Lilian. Yes Lilian may, if she wants to.

30 August 2019 12:44 PM

Another magnificent air display from one of the Force's heavy lifters. Some of you may have identified this as a C-17 Globemaster III.

But if you look carefully you'll see the tell tale markings of a......buzzard.


30 August 2019 07:49 AM

Who knew that the river Dart is more than big enough to take a tanker ?

28 August 2019 05:15 PM

There was a crowd of Scouts and Guides (or Girl Scouts, not sure what they are called nowadays) sat down on the Kingswear slip on Friday.

And now I am wondering - were they the inhabitants of this strangely positioned tent up in front of the Daymark ?

29 August 2019 06:10 PM

.....or rather, the passenger is still every bit as elegant. But the cruise ship is......Trinity House Vessel Patricia. Along with her buoys.

29 August 2019 06:13 PM

A rather elegant cruise ship passenger arrives in port.............

28 August 2019 05:28 PM

The dinghies competed in some short sprint races up the main channel on Wednesday evening.

Here they are waiting for the start. They are not swimming widths.

14 September 2019 20:47:37

It was a stunning sight as French cruise ship Le Dumont D'Urville departed from Dartmouth this ening. Somwhat later than planned and so lit up like the preverbial Christmas tree.

Quite exceptional (although I believe the rowing championships were caught out by the ships arrival).

14 September 2019 - 21:03:23

Le Dumont D'Urville  had the Fowey based tug Cannis for company  as it manouvred the route in and out of the port.

The poor tug crew were like Gingers Rogers - everything done backwards. Although it is to be assumed they were not wearing high heels.

14 September 2019 - 20:48:49

Way better than Blackpool illuminations.

14 September 2019 - 21:30:09

Later we had fireworks courtesy of the South Coast Rowing Championships.

One of the early rockets produced this strange cloud that survived the entire display.

14 September 2019 - 11:20:05

It was anything but dark when Le Dumont D'Urville arrived in Dartmouth

14 September 2019 - 11:26:43

Did I mention the swimming pool ?

Did I mention that no one used it ?

14 September 2019 - 10:48:52

The South Coast Rowing Championships were great fun to watch. But I fear someone is going to get upset -  as this is my favourite photo.......

the crews returning to the start line.

11 September 2019 - 15:14:24

It may have been somewhat misty yet it didn't stop a couple of Merlins passing through.

3 September 2019 - 17:22:40

Without referring to a book or the that cloud.