Hovercraft that crossed Channel in 40 minutes with 400 passengers

Lee-on-the-Solent is synonymous with planes and seaplanes, but it is also the home of another, slightly more unusual vehicle – the hovercraft.


THIS WEEK IN 1999: Customs seize drugs haul worth £270,000

Customs officers seized drugs with an estimated street value of £271,000 at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port.

East is East actor Raji Jhanji had his fingers crossed for a breakthrough

THIS WEEK IN 1999: Actor hopes for big time after reviews


THIS WEEK IN 1999: MP: Animal testing must finish – now

A Portsmouth MP demanded an end to military experiments on animals after the Ministry of Defence admitted it still tested on pigs and sheep.

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WATCH: Navy Week at Portsmouth in 1937

Archive newsreel footage shows Navy Week in Portsmouth 80 years ago.


WATCH: The Royal Naval Cemetery at Clayhall Road in Gosport

Here's our look at the Royal Naval Cemetery in Clayhall Road, Gosport.

Hundreds of families were elated after the announcement HMS Invincible could arrive in Portsmouth within a week

THIS WEEK IN 1999: Joy as carrier ordered to return back to base

Hundreds of Portsmouth families celebrated the news the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and her escort HMS Newcastle were coming home from the Balkans.


Railway model depicting life in Rowlands Castle during the Second World War now on display

It’s been praised for its meticulously-crafted and lifelike detail – and now the award-winning model railway that captures one moment in the wartime history of Rowlands Castle is on display for all to enjoy.

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Fast Launch Isinglass bound for Wales in the early 1970s.

Portsmouth’s speedy ‘grey ghosts’ which were the army’s navy

My recent picture, below, of a boat on board a low-loader belonging to Park’s of Southsea, aroused much interest.

Lively Lady arrives home

WATCH: Archive film of Alec Rose sailing Lively Lady back to Portsmouth

The sad state of the Lively Lady is in sharp contrast to how the yacht looked when Sir Alec Rose sailed her back to Portsmouth after his epic voyage.

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WATCH: Anniversaries this week and next

From the last Model T to roll off the Ford production line, to the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, there are a lot of anniversaries being marked at the moment.

Lively Lady inside the International Boatbuilding Training College

Iconic yacht Lively Lady in a sorry state as storm grows over failed restoration

Bosses at a boatbuilding college have been accused of failing to live up to a deal to restore an iconic vessel that sailed the globe twice.

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March 1962 and a naval rating signals Halt to more conventional traffic as the Saunders-Roe SRN1 crosses the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent and returns to HMS Ariel, now the site of the Hovercraft Museum. Roles such as anti-submarine warfare, air-sea rescue and mine countermeasures were foreseen.						                                Pictures courtesy Amberley Publishing

Spotlight hovers over Lee-on-the-Solent museum

Along the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent, opposite the slipway, lies an entrance to what was HMS Daedalus but now leads to the Hovercraft Museum – the only hovercraft museum in the world.

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For us, the only way to finish a night out was with a bacon butty (Flickr: Labelled for reuse)

PAUL NEWELL: A night out wasn’t complete if it didn’t end with a bacon roll

I enjoyed going clubbing and there was so much more choice in the 1990s. In the early days we would head to the seafront to Peggy Sue’s and dance to anthems such as Ride on Time and Back to Life by Soul to Soul. On a Monday we went to student night at 5th Avenue and on one infamous occasion there was five of us lined up along the edge of the stage, perfectly choreographed to Take That’s Relight My Fire. No wonder we were single. I was sober when I ventured into Joanna’s for the one and only time and don’t remember how or why we ended up in Club China Town next to the Queen’s hotel.


THIS WEEK IN 1998: Helicopter crash is £75m headache

An accident to a prototype helicopter being developed by a Portsmouth company sent the bill to the taxpayer for the project soaring by £75m, a government watchdog revealed.

Apart from Victoria Pier and the steam ferry this is a scene that would have been familiar to Nelson.

A harbour view that would have been familiar to Horatio Nelson

In another postcard from the Robert James collection, here’s a scene that would have been familiar to Horatio Nelson. Victoria Pier and the steam ferry at Old Portsmouth are the modern additions of course.


THIS WEEK IN 1998: Havant woman is hit by a falling window

A 35-year-old woman escaped serious injury after a window toppled out of the first floor of a Havant bank and smashed over her head.

Patrick Lyons, 65, captured footage of the scene of the manhunt outside a Somers Town hom

THIS WEEK IN 1998: Southsea street manhunt ends as police with firearms move in

Gun held in readiness, this armed officer could have been guarding the prime minister on a visit to Northern Ireland.

Possibly taken at Bidbury Mead, Bedhampton. Can anyone recognise this cricket team? Les Pond is fourth from right standing.

Can you name the players and the locations of these two teams?

Two weeks ago Katherine Pond died. Along with her late husband Lesley they were one of the earliest families to live on the new council estate of Leigh Park, moving into their new house in 1950.

Flying Scotsman to pass through Hampshire next week - here’s where you can see it

Flying Scotsman to pass through Hampshire next week - here’s where you can see it

The world-famous Flying Scotsman will be passing through Hampshire next week as part of its nationwide tour.

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