Shipping scenes from a famous photographer

By Andy Gilbert and John Hendy

I have recently been in touch with John Hendy, who is well known as a marine photographer. He is also the author of many excellent books on ferries and shipping and a contributor to many of the shipping magazines.

He's a local man, born in Lewes, and Newhaven was his 'home port' in its heyday. He's very kindly allowed me to publish some of his work on Our Newhaven, and we will see photos from the 1960's almost to the present day.

This event this time is a little bit of history in the making. The famous channel steamer Invicta, that used to operate the seaborne part of the luxurious 'Golden Arrow' train service between London and Paris, had been retired and the voyage from the Dover Straits to Newhaven was to be the last under her own steam. She arrived on 10th August 1972, and sailed stern-first up the harbour to the Railway Quay, where she rested for just over a month until she was sold for scrap and towed away to Holland by the German tug Michel Petersen.

Photo:Invicta arrives off Newhaven and waits for Meeching to tow out her mud barge.

Invicta arrives off Newhaven and waits for Meeching to tow out her mud barge.

Kind permission of John Hendy

Photo:Invicta steams upriver.

Invicta steams upriver.

Kind permission of John Hendy

This page was added by Andy Gilbert on 26/04/2013.

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