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


Minday 25th May 2020- 4.30pm

Helicopter water bombing a fire isn't the sort of thing you expect to see in Dartmouth.

Prior to the fire it's been a very busy week on and above the river..

Loads of aircraft including an amazing limbo run by a Chinook and a huge Atlas

Some very fine craft on the water too.

And some very fine weather.

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Update - 21st May 2020

This is me alongside the pile of rocks that I blame for my heart attack on April Fools Day . Naughty rocks. Recovery continues, I am gradually getting the stamina back. but this is all new to me. The real problem is the drugs. Never have liked taking drugs.

Anyway, for those that don't know........the NHS did an incredible job. Our house isn't the most accessible but ambulance crew Sam and Roland were soon withme and pretty quickly had me at Torbay Hospital where the cardiac team immediatly  inserted some stents. Fantastic treatment as far as I'm concerned.


10 May 2020 - 09:46:55

Not so much a headline picture more a quiz. And a plea. What on earth is this ?

9 May 2020 - 10:47:39

What I do know is that it is a barge being towed by tug MTS Vanquish from Bibao to Rotterdam. But when it got into Start Bay the pair went back and forth passing the end of the river about five times over a couple of days. Eventually it headed off up channel. My guess is that the gantry and circular container are destined for a undersea cable laying vessel. But if you know better, pleas email feedback@TVFTDO.com


Wednesday 20 May 2020 - 07:15:10

The mist was a bit of a surprise on Wednesday morning. But as with all Dartmouth weather - there's always something better to come along soon.

Wednesday 20 May 2020 - 13:45:20

Sure enough, just a few hours later...........

16 May 2020 - 15:33:36

There have been some great craft out stretching their legs. Here's the exceptionally fine Lulotte, a Nautors Swan 55. Pictured just off Bayards Cove.

19 May 2020 - 15:33:21

A busy week for helicopters,here's a MK4 Merlin (ZJ129) passing by.

Lots more pix of this flyby in the May album. just click the pic and navigate to the 19th May

20 May 2020 - 18:01:49

RAF Chinook ZH891 dashed up river, circled BRNC and then sped back down past us. Amazing sound.

Lots more pix of this flyby in the May album. just click the pic and navigate to the 20th May

18 May 2020 - 17:36:55

Even the frequnt visitor Wildcat put on a bit of a display. Nice and low. This is ZZ375 from 815 RNAS Yeovilton

Lots more pix of this flyby in the May album. just click the pic and navigate to the 18th May

20 May 2020 - 10:31:56

An important day - Dart Harbour bring the visitors pontoon out to play.

19 May 2020 - 12:58:44

Work barge Walcon Wizard having finished installing the new stanchions up at Noss on Dart had been tied up all through lockdown.

Finally the crew are able to get her moving on to the next job.

17 May 2020 - 19:27:01

Cruise liners are major victims of the lockdown. Many are anchored off Weymouth. Every so often one of them takes a little jaunt down the channel to recharge its batteries (or something like that). This is Ventura on the horizon. A heck of a long way off the Dartmouth coast.

15 May 2020 - 14:11:35                                                                16 May 2020 - 15:36:10

A whole host of lifeboat shouts once lockdown lifted. Three of them were for stricken craft with engine failure.


16 May 2020 - 15:34:10

Each call out puts the crews at risk. Note the mask wearing lifeboat man aboard the towed craft.

15 May 2020 - 11:37:00

The fuel barge arrived back in the river after being away for a major service.

15 May 2020 - 11:41:44

Aboard the Dartmouth Fuel barge the petrol and diesel pumps face off.

17 May 2020 - 11:35:23

An overladen vessel. Overladen with fenders.

20 May 2020 - 23:43:26

Part of the Navy's university squadron, HMS Dasher (P280) & HMS Charger (P292) overnighted. They are P2000 Fast Patrol boats .

20 May 2020 - 20:12:29

Is that you Derrick ?

21 May 2020 - 15:19:38

An unannounced flyby (they are ALL unannounced) by Royal Navy Merlin ZJ121. One of the guys up front was filming on his phone (click the pic and find that snap in the May album) whilst the "rear gunner' here was just taking in the view.

21 May 2020 - 19:33:15

There's low. And then there is limbo low.

In the evening dusk this RAF Chinook  (number ZH902 ) came thundering down river at an extraordinary low height. Complete with two crew members looking very happy about it. There's an entire sequence to see showing the aircraft travelling from above Noss down river, past us and out to sea, below Kingswear Castle.


To view the sequence, click on the pic and navigate to the 21st May. Simple really.

Okay, just one more on this front page - but do go inside the May album and see the rest of the sequence. Click the pic


21 May 2020 - 19:33:15

I told you the crew were happy.

RAF Chinook  (number ZH902) travelling down river. I saw him coming from Noss, then past the Dart Marina Hotel almost touching the roof, (only a minor exageration) then underneath all the houses on Bridge Road, Kingswear, searchlights reflecting on the river, as they passed the town. And then, if anything they went lower. Not so much flying under the Daymark as tunnelling under the Daymark.

24 May 2020 - 15:56:11

The fire began on Saturday afternoon but clearly it ws still a serious issue 24 hours later and a private helicopter was brought in to 'water bomb' the blaze. The fire itself is way over the other side of the hill. As no time could we see flames.

There will be lots more pix inside by tomorrow morning.

24 May 2020 - 16:02:34

A fire between Froward Point and Coleton Fishacre brought out an unusual response. Water bombing. This private helicopter(G-BIOA) was made dozens of trips filling up the red fire bucket - it's truly huge - and dropping the water on the fire on the eastern headland.

More pix in the May album in the morning.

25 May 2020 - 08:49:59

A surprise Bank Holiday visitor. An RAF A400M Atlas C1, (Reg ZM415) executing a tight turn right over Above Town in Dartmouth.