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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 19:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now the coaster Zita is using the HW to leave Bideford Quay, and head down the river Torridge towards the open sea. (She's just passing under the 'new' A39 bridge, which I've never seen! It wasn't built in the late 70s when I worked in north Devon.)

2005: Ziat passes the Samuel Beckett at the shipyard...

2011: As Zita passes the village of Appledore, the LB, which was on its mooring, seems to be on the move again..

2016: LB stopped again, as Zita comes past...

2021: Zita heads towards the bar... Her destination is Ceuta, north Africa!
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 20:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

2032: Zita crosses the bar out into Bideford/Barnstaple bay.

Quite a nostalgic evening for me - just north of here is Croyde, where I once lived. I used to keep a small sailing boat at Appledore, not far from the LB; Zita is registered in St John's, Antigua, where I've spent some time; and she will soon be heading SW to pass Hartland Point, where I worked many watches by day and by night...
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PostPosted: 04-03-2014 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

2158: Zita heads SW between Lundy and Hartland Point...

Bon voyage, little coaster!
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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 08:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawlish storm residents unable to go home

A month after storms forced residents in a Devon town to leave their homes, many have been unable to return to their properties.
Twelve families in Dawlish are still in temporary accommodation until they are allowed back into their homes in Riviera Terrace.

The railway line at Dawlish was wrecked on 4 February when massive waves left the tracks suspended in mid air.
Network Rail announced on Tuesday the line would reopen on 4 April.

Shane Manning, who has been unable to return to his home, said: "Life is surreal.
"You go to work and everything is fine. You go home and you haven't got your everyday life bits you can relax with.
"It is like living in limbo."
Mr Manning's home was one of the worst affected by the storm, with one of the family cars still trapped on site.

Homeowners on the sea front were told to leave immediately when the sea wall and rail line in front of their houses collapsed in the bad weather at the beginning of February.
Residents had to grab their most precious possessions and go as parts of the ground under their houses fell away.

Many were put up initially in the Sea Lawn Lodge in the resort.
Gerry Belcher, the hotel owner, said many people arrived "in just their nightclothes".

Bev Green, another resident in temporary accommodation, said: "It's a bit up in the air, but we're coping."

Peter Large, who has moved back into his home, admits to "checking the tide times everyday".
He said: "Let's hope it was just a one-off experience. We have no intention of moving."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-26442419

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The storm-damaged railway line that connects the South West to the rest of the UK will reopen earlier than planned on 4 April, Network Rail has announced.

The line at Dawlish was wrecked on 4 February, when massive waves left the tracks suspended in mid air.
Ten days later, when new storms caused further damage, Network Rail said the route would remain closed until the middle of April.

The news has been welcomed by business leaders throughout the South West.
Chris Pomfret, chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said it was "very, very good news".
"Dawlish is critical for the rail link to Cornwall and it was critical it opened before Easter," he told BBC News.
"This is now three weeks before Easter - so that's great.

"The managing director of Network Rail said they were working 24 hours a day when we were at the select committee and he hoped to bring it forward. I'm delighted that he has."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26433185


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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 08:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

The coaster Zita has passed Lands End and Scilly, and is heading SSW at 9.2 knots towards Biscay and beyond. She has a light N'ly wind, and a fine bright morning to enjoy!
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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 09:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

A neighbour of mine does jig-saw puzzles. Last week he was doing one of the Seven Sisters and Birling Gap in Sussex. Although this wasn't mentioned on the box, I recognized the place and was able to show him where it was on a map.

The next day, Birling Gap was in the news - a new and ominous crack had appeared in the cliff top. And now:
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Birling Gap cliff falls bring cottages closer to edge

Two more sections of coastal cliff have fallen at Birling Gap in East Sussex.
Witnesses said they saw part of the paving of the coastguard cottages collapse on to the beach.
The row of cottages had already ended up closer to the edge after the cliffs between Seaford and Eastbourne suffered seven years' of erosion since January.

Adrian Harrison, from the National Trust, which owns the site, said storms, high tides and heavy rain had made the cliffs more liable to faults.
"We have been a little bit surprised by how much has come down this winter," he said.

The National Trust has already demolished the sun lounge at its cafe after those parts ended up too close to the edge of the cliff, but the cafe is still in use.
It said it owned three of the remaining coastguard cottages and was in contact with the private owner of the cottage closest to the edge to give what help it could.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-26442192
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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 11:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also taking advantage of today's quiet weather is the Jack-up Barge JB 115.

Now SE of the Lizard in company with the tug Vortex, she left the Carrick Roads at about 0600 this morning. She's bound for Holyhead, as is the other tug, Bugsier 21, which is following behind, just coming up to the Manacles now.
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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 11:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

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1226: Formed up in line astern, one tug ahead, the other astern...

But they're heading NE - they won't get to Holyhead that way!

And they ended up back in Carrick Roads, right where they started! Shocked

I can only guess at some sort of mechanical trouble, or perhaps a change in the forecast...
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PostPosted: 05-03-2014 19:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

1937: The Falmouth LB is off up the Carrick Roads (passing JB 115, etc, now)

1941: Now stopped, west of JB 115....

2051: Still stopped, in the same place... (I thought my internet link had gone down, but no...)

2131: LB returned to station, after a little activity south of JB 115...

(Interesting...not!)
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There's a dredger, Arco Dart, just left Appledore, and bound for Culver. But MT shows Culver in the northern US! And I can't find a UK Culver...

But she's heading north, with an ETA of 1630, so it can't be far off...

..it may be just a gravel bank!
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PostPosted: 06-03-2014 11:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

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..it may be just a gravel bank!

After a bit of detective work, I find that Culver Bank is just west of Flatholm island in the Bristol Channel. (Flatholm is south of Cardiff.)

Arco Dart works all around the Bristol Channel, taking its sand and gravel to various ports small and large.
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PostPosted: 06-03-2014 12:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

1213: Arco Dart coming up to Ilfracombe, north Devon.
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Arco Dart passes Porlock...
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PostPosted: 06-03-2014 15:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 06-03-2014 16:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

AD is off Watchet, about to pass a smaller dredger, Welsh Piper, heading back towards the west...

AD is now 10.9 NM WSW of Flatholm.
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