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WINDSOR CASTLE

Fine shot of the WINDSOR CASTLE.

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My reading of this photo is that the liner is inbound to Southampton and leaving the IoW to starboard. There have been several recently showing the use of this passage. I thought that the depth of water was restricted although I did read of a Fred Olsen cruise ship using it at high water. Perhaps I am all at sea. Bob Appleton
 

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Back in the early 1970's on a family trip to Lepe Beach, I can recall watching a liner sailing outbound using this route. I think it may have been the 'Andes'.

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Alan G
 

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It's been pointed out on many occasions here on SN especially by those living close to the Solent and it amazes me that it's still being discussed but........

The passage between the Solent via the Needles is still frequently used by vessels bound for the Port of Southampton.

It's a totally misconstrued idea here on SN that the passage via the Needles is no longer used for larger vessels.

Fred Olsen Lines tend to use this channel fairly frequently as do other smaller cruise ships. The Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria have also both used it on several occasions. Even the other day (15/11/19) the Saga Cruises Spirit of Discovery arrived at the Port of Southampton via the Needles.

Although the main entry into the Port of Southampton is still via the Nab Tower and Spithead the passage through the Solent via the Needles is still used on occasions depending on the state of the tide. Even Grimaldi Lines regularly use the channel via Solent and the Needles with their vessel's coming up the English Channel from the west.

Vessels such as the larger cruise ships, container ships, large ro/ro's, tanker's still use the passage through Spithead via the Nab Tower.

When I was on the Queen Elizabeth 2 during the 80/90's we often used the passage through the Solent via the Needles.

For those of you who are not that familiar with today's comings and goings on the Solent and the shipping involved I thoroughly recommend a visit to Calshot Beach during the summer so you can observe it first hand.

Sean
 

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That route is outside the Southampton Pilotage area, Pilot boards and disembarks at Lepe.

Perhaps that has some advantage, I am not sure.
 

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Thank you all for that information. I have spent holidays in the IoW but never seen large ships using the Needles Route. One day.

Bob.
 

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