Ice floes in the Solent

Spitbank Fort in the big freeze in 1963
Spitbank Fort in the big freeze in 1963
Portsmouth in 1717 (from William Gates History of Portsmouth, 1900)

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A few weeks ago I mentioned the unforgettable Big Freeze of 1963 and how the sea froze around Portsea Island.

Guy Denman sent me this photograph of ice floes in the Solent surrounding Spitbank Fort in February 1963.

You certainly wouldn’t have wanted to fall overboard into this type of sea.