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Shipping notes No. 144 (February/ March).

In Port – Bideford Quay. Fehn Caledonia – (ex – Rhine Express, 2014); built 2013; flag Antigua; owners German; crew Latvian, Ukrainian, & Russian; from Avonmouth to Castellon; arrived 7/3, sailed 10/3 ; loaded 2,350 tons ball clay. Appledore. The … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 143 (January/ February).

In port – Yelland Quay. Arklow Resolve – built 2004: flag Rotterdam; owners Dutch; crew Russian; from Glensanda to Avonmouth; arrived 13/1, sailed 15/1; discharged 4,700 tons chippings (this was the largest cargo ever discharged or loaded in the Taw/ … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 142 (Nov. ’16/ Jan. ’17).

In port – Yelland Quay. Welsh Piper, 12.12.16 and 17.12.16. In port – Bideford Quay. Oldenberg returned to Bideford about the 23rd December, following her annual drydocking at Sharpness. At Appledore. Arco Dart, 29.11.16. Bristol Channel Observations. 21.11.16 at 07.40 … Continue reading

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Two Bideford-built schooners of the Nineteenth Century.

“Buzz” was contacted in June by Roger Banfield of Scilly seeking information on the schooner “Vivid”, built in Bideford in 1851 (see Shipping Notes 136, July edition). Mr. Banfield undertakes maritime history research for his own interest, and also in … Continue reading

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Memories of Bideford Shipyard.

Many thanks to Mr. Freddie Palmer, who provided these photos. We’re sure that they’ll be of interest to many people. “Buzz” is dating the photos of the trawler “Galatea” as 1975, since records show that as date of launch.  Names … Continue reading

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The Torridge Sealock.

Anyone who has been to the harbour at Bude will know the canal basin and sea lock where the Bude Canal meets the sea. Far fewer people are aware that just three miles up the Torridge from Bideford port is … Continue reading

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Crossing the Torridge – 11 bridges between Bideford & Torrington !

It’s surprising how they add up once you set out to count the bridges.! The oldest of course were the pack-horse bridges dating from around the 12th century of which there were three, Bideford, Rothern and Taddiport. All these show … Continue reading

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Floods and salt marshes.

All sorts of habitats have been affected by the floods this winter, and in many places it’s the human habitation in low lying areas that has been the most spectacularly damaged. Then, when you see the thick red-brown colouration of … Continue reading

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When the tide comes in

I’m not talking about sandy beaches or rock pools, but the saltmarshes above the Iron Bridge and beside the river Yeo. Here, an hour or so after the tide approaches the top of Westward Ho! beach, salt water is sweeping … Continue reading

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