Island dawn

The first Christmas after returning to my home port from my Circumnavigation myself and a few other ‘boats’ dressed ‘ship’ with fairy lights. A tradition I have always done with SV Pinta during out voyages.

These days it is an organised event at the Royal Harbour.

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In 1820 King George IV set off from Ramsgate with the Royal Squadron en route to Hanover. He was so impressed by the hospitality he received at the Kent port that he decreed it be declared a ‘Royal Harbour’ – a status that’s unique in mainland Britain.

Ramsgate largely developed in the form we know today from 1749 onwards. It was intended as a Harbour of Refuge, following a violent storm in 1748. Later, during the Napoleonic wars, British troops were quartered at Ramsgate before embarking for the continent.

Climb up Madeira Walk to Ramsgate’s East Cliff to see Wellington Crescent, a reminder of this period.

Harbour lights

360° view

By using a Drones to capture such scenes one can build up view of the Royal marina such as the one below.

Photographs of the 'Harbour lights'

Every year boat owners adorn their vessels with fairy lights, people as well as national TV companies travel from all over to see them.

Video of the Harbour light's

Although my flying time was cut short due to the increasing wind strength I did manage to capture a few scenes.

Thanet District Council

Thank you to The Thanet District Film Unit and to the Royal Harbour for making this possible.

Port of Ramsgate
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