Five years ago, two sections of the Royal Navy's first new generation aircraft carrier left the shipbuilding yard in Portsmouth en route for Rosyth, where final assembly of the ship was to take place. It was to be the first time that a major ship for the Royal Navy would be built in sections, in multiple yards around the British Isles. On Wednesday 16th August 2017, 'Big Lizzie' as she's already affectionately known, came home to her home base in Portsmouth for the first time, greeted by a large crowd of well wishers who'd turned out early to line the waterfront between Southsea Castle and Old Portsmouth. I wasn't the only member of the SPS Council up at 5:30 in the morning to be sure of a close up view. In fact, I'd been awake at 3:30 that morning and had checked on Marine Traffic so see whether she really was in the area. No doubt about it, clearly spinning her wheels in Freshwater Bay, waiting for the tide and the waiting crowds.
Posted on 23 May 2006 Solent Protection Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a lunch for over 140 people at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on 19th May. Members and guests including Chris Huhne, MP for Eastleigh and Peter Viggers, MP for Gosport, heard the Society's former President, Maldwin Drummond, a founder member of … Continue reading Solent Protection Society Celebrates 50 Years
Posted on 09 Mar 2006 The West Solent, a beautiful and busy waterway which stretches from Lepe Beach to The Needles, is under ever growing and conflicting pressures. Popular with tourists, walkers, boating and watersport enthusiasts and fishermen, the Western Solent is also used by some commercial shipping, as well as the ferry service from … Continue reading Call for West Solent Marine National Park
Posted on 07 Jan 2006 Introduction and Summary A 'Solent National Waterpark' was proposed by the Society fifty years ago, at the instigation of leading members Sir Hugh Casson and Maldwin Drummond. Unfortunately the time was not right for this imaginative idea to take shape, but there has recently been a massive renewal of interest, … Continue reading West Solent Marine National Park Report