Swimming against the tide at Old Portsmouth

The perilous path of Dennis Davis's swim.
The perilous path of Dennis Davis's swim.
HMS London back in Hong Kong for repairs. Here we see the hits on her port side.

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On the subject of Broad Street, I was again talking to Dennis Davis last week and he told me about the times the lads from the area used to go swimming.

‘Not so much swimming, more doggy paddling,’ he says.

I asked him where they used to go and he told me he and his mates would climb over a wall between the old Customs House and Quebec House.

Then they would swim around Quebec House to the slipway used by boatbuilder Harry Feltham.

A feat which I find terrifying.