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Travelling on The Solent in the 1970s

Travelling on The Solent in the 1970s

This great 8mm cine film from the late 1970s shows what it was like travelling across the Solent at that time with the both the hovercraft and the Isle of Wight ferry. As well as seeing the busy Solent with all of it’s traffic this film also gives you a good look at the shoreline and skyline of Southsea and Portsmouth at the time. One particular difference that caught my eye was the old Portsmouth Power Station that was located down at the harbour with chimneys that dominated views of the city from all directions, just like the Spinnaker Tower does now. We’re working on an article about the Power Station at the moment, more on that soon.


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  1. Tony

    1 February

    That train goes a hell of a lot faster than those that run today

  2. jojo

    10 May

    Lovely film, I remember the old Southsea Hovercraft, also lovely to see you were on board the Isle of Wight ferry M.V. ‘Brading’, and the green and white Gosport Ferry M.V. ‘Gay Enterprise’ passing ‘Brading’ in the Solent, lovely to see the old power station.

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