Friday, 13 August 2010

Boats in Poole Quay



Poole Harbour, Dorset in the South of England features the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney) and is fast becoming the St Tropez of the South Coast as lucrative investment spreads along the harbour from the mega-money areas of Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Lilliput.



Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The founder of the Scout Movement, Lord Baden Powell

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also known as B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, and founder of the Scout Movement.

After having been educated at Charterhouse School, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking. Several of his military books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training in his African years, were also read by boys. Based on those earlier books, he wrote Scouting for Boys, published in 1908 by Pearson, for youth readership. During writing, he tested his ideas through a camping trip on Brownsea Island with the local Boys' Brigade and sons of his friends that began on 1 August 1907, which is now seen as the beginning of Scouting.
After his marriage to Olave St Clair Soames, Baden-Powell, his sister Agnes Baden-Powell and notably his wife actively gave guidance to the Scouting Movement and the Girl Guides Movement. Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941.

Source (Text from Wikipedia)


Sunday, 8 August 2010

Gateway to Brownsea Island from Poole

Many small islands can accessed from this Poole quay. That includes Brownsea Island, a haven for wildlife, including a thriving population of the scarce and threatened red squirrel, wading birds and Sika deer. 
 
A wonderful part of local history, a relaxing excursion on Brownsea Island Ferries famous yellow boats for over 100 years

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Matthew at Poole Quay

Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there.
However, he finally arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.

Over 500 years ago John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there.
However, he finally arrived on the coast of Newfoundland and therefore was the original discoverer of North America, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe.

The sailing vessel Matthew is now alongside Poole Quay today after making an unscheduled stop en route from Calais to Bristol.  The Matthew, a replica of a Tudor merchant ship, is usually berthed in Bristol Harbour.
Matthew berthed in Poole after making diversion under sail, due to a mechanical problem which can be fixed in a few days. The ship is on its way home from Calais in Northern France after attending a maritime festival in the famous old French port.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Poole Quay


Once upon a time this town was the fishing port of England. Now it is home to leisure boating & pubs with live music.