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A visitor to Stokes Bay

Posted on 27 March 2015 by

The American¬†aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt visited Portsmouth this week but was too big to dock in Portsmouth Harbour. The closest it could manage was to moor up off the coast of Stokes Bay, Gosport (not too far from Lee-on-the-Solent, where the Hoegh Osaka was kept before being refloated). It’s not every day you get the chance to see something like this so it seemed only fair to take the opportunity. I tried visiting yesterday but got caught in traffic following a serious accident on the M27, so tried again today.

Stokes Bay is a pretty little area to the west of Gosport, marked by a long stretch of shingle beach and an old MOD base. The area was fairly busy with people looking to get a view of the ship before it left the area later that day, but as there’s plenty to photograph here besides visiting warships I took a pleasant walk along the beach. The sun shone quite steadily throughout and it really felt as though winter was finally dying off. I’m looking forward to more sunny days in the weeks to come, although with fewer aircraft carriers I’m afraid.

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