Where the records of shipping movements were kept

By Trevor Bennett

The picture of the Signal Station on another page reminds me of the task which required the staff to book and record the movement of all vessels in and out of the harbour.

On "The Mole" opposite where the ferry terminal is now, next to the old lifeboat house was the "Watch House", and there the staff also kept records of ships movements which were needed in order to collect the harbour dues.

I append a copy of an old postcard showing the large number of boats which might be in the harbour at any one time, and just what a task the staff must have had recording boat movements. Unfortunately I have no idea when the photo was taken.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'THE WATCH HOUSE AND SIGNAL STATION' page
This page was added by Trevor Bennett on 14/02/2009.
Comments about this page

I believe that it is normal for ships & boats leaving and entering harbour nowadays to report their movements to the Coastguard, now that the "Watch House" and the "Signal Station" no longer exist.  Are shipping & boat movements still logged by Harbour Staff as such?

By Richard
On 14/02/2009

Yes, all movements in and out of the harbour are recorded by the Port Authority commonly known as VTS.

By Harry M.
On 20/02/2009

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