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Dover in Kent, England, United Kingdom
 

A View of the Harbour

 
 
A View of the Harbour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
1. A View of the Harbour Marker
Inscription.
A View of the Harbour
Below you is Admiralty Harbour, the naval and merchant port that made Dover so important in the First and Second World Wars. There has been a harbour here since Roman times: this one was built in stages between 1847 and 1909 and opened by the Prince of Wales, later King George V (r.1910-36).

The harbour enclosed an area of 610 acres (247 hectares) for Royal Navy (RN) ships and 68 acres (27.5 hectares) for merchant vessels. Big guns were mounted on the walls for defence, along with searchlights, so that the guns could fire effectively at night.

The guns and lights were controlled from the Fire Command Post, on the ground floor of this building, by a network of telephones.

Here on the roof, in the Second World War, signallers from the Port War Signal Station below sent and received messages to and from RN ships, using flags or flashing lamps. They also watched for enemy vessels and aircraft in the Straits of Dover - on a clear day the coast of France can be seen, 21 miles (33.8km) away.

( photo captions )
- A view of Admiralty Harbour, as imagined in 1898, 11 years before it was ready. The commanding position of the castle (top centre) is evident.
- An impression of the German submarine attack on Admiralty Harbour in January 1915, one of four
A View of the Harbour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
2. A View of the Harbour Marker
Dover Harbour and the English Channel. France is visible on the horizon.
such attacks in late 1914 and early 1915. A submarine periscope is in the centre foreground.
 
Location. 51° 7.598′ N, 1° 19.504′ E. Marker is in Dover, England, in Kent. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Castle Hill Road and Canons Gate Road. Touch for map. Located at the Hospital Battery at the cliff’s edge next to Dover Castle. Marker is in this post office area: Dover, England CT16 1HU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A View to the East (here, next to this marker); A View to the West (here, next to this marker); The Signal Platform (here, next to this marker); Finding the Enemy (a few steps from this marker); Command, Control and Communication (within shouting distance of this marker); Fighting the Enemy in the Sky (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Dynamo (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramsay: retreat and return (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Also see . . .
1. English Heritage - Dover Castle. (Submitted on January 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Dover Castle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, World IWar, World II
 
The Western Side of Dover Harbour image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
3. The Western Side of Dover Harbour
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 11, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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