In March 1943 Motor Torpedo Boat 667, built at Burnham on Crouch was moored in Brightlingsea Creek. As accommodation ashore was short, some of the crew elected to stay aboard overnight. On the morning of 5th March 1943 the hatch was opened and it was found that those who stayed aboard were very ill, indeed 3 were dead. It transpired that the toxic fire extinguishing system used in those days had leaked and gassed them. Two of the three who died lie in All Saints Churchyard. The local Royal Naval Association will be holding an annual memorial service on the anniversary of this accident at 1130 this Thursday – all are welcome.
The Brightlingsea Branch of the British Naturalists Assocication had an enjoyable if cold trip in the harbour on 25th January. There is always something very interesting to see in the harbour and winter is no exception.
Thanks to Liz Artindale and our Commissioner Nigel Taylor for the photographs.
Its often quite on the water at this time of the year but not for us, the workshop is a hub of activity! The Buoys need a clean up and fresh coat of paint and the Pontoons the same. Our ferries are all out in the yard having a jet wash and MOT too all ready for another busy season in 2015.
This years annual public meeting was well attended and lively. Commissioners are grateful for some quality feedback on the Harbour Master Plan and are considering the comments and views received and published notes on the meeting. Download from the Download page on the Harbour Information tab.
Following 12 years maximum service to the harbour Roger Robertson stood down from Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners at the end of September. The Commissioners are very grateful to Roger for his dedication and contribution to the harbour and Brightlingsea.
At the monthly meeting on 1st October Commissioners approved Jim Addison as the new Chairman with immediate effect.
Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners published their Harbour Master Plan on 15 August 2014. Copies are available to download. Updated diagram included. Download from the Download page on the Harbour Information tab.
From the Colchester Gazette
'FIVE men caught speeding on jet skis and speedboats along the River Colne have been fined hundreds of pounds. They were caught travelling faster than eight nautical miles per hour, about 9mph, near Brightlingsea marina. The operation on Saturday, July 13 was aimed at cutting antisocial activity on a day there were hundreds of people on the town’s waterfront.
Rebekah Straughan, prosecuting on behalf of Colchester Council, said each of the defendants had breached byelaw three of the Harbour of Colchester Byelaws, introduced in 1985.
Annie Feltham, councillor responsible for leisure services, said: “Speed limits on our rivers are in place to ensure the safety of all river users, whether they are on jet skis, speed boats or swimming.“These defendants were three times over the speed limit.” '
We were lucky enough to have a visit by our local conservation officer Brian Percival along with a RSPB Botanist to survey both the Cindery Islands, they were most informative so we thought we would share their findings with you, this is their report...
"On Behalf of the Club, thank you very much for allowing me to use a launch to take the RSPB botanist onto both the Cindery islands for a plant survey.
As we know “2nd Cindery” is about 10-12” lower than “1st Cindery” which makes it attractive to different plant species. We found large areas of Saltmarsh Grass and Arrow Grass with areas of flowering Thrift or Sea Pink and common Sea Lavender and Red Fescue on the higher settings “Sea Purslane” and “Glasswort” we also noted. First Cindery provided a more varied selection of saltmarsh plants in addition to those mentioned above, one of the most exciting being “ Shrubbery Sea Blite” which requires a very narrow saltmarsh habitat base, it likes to its feet wet, but not too often! I pointed out an interesting historical note on 2nd Cindery island, explain that the wildflowers have managed the islands since 1977, and, in 1980 the town council were concerned about erosion from the constant passage of sand barges so we placed a series of posts along the north edge of the salting’s exactly one metre in from the salting edge.During our survey we found that some of these posts had fallen in to the creek, but the majority we now on the edge or close to it. So, in thirty-three years we would appear to have lost about a metre or just under".
Following a fatal incident in Padstow Harbour the MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) have issued a safety bulletin which is available to download click here