Forty years on for Portsmouth International Port that simply keeps growing

The ferry port with whale Island at the top of the picture
The ferry port with whale Island at the top of the picture
A delightful look along Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, in Edwardian days when all there was on the road was a bakers van and a stray dog.

NOSTALGIA: Telling the time in Old Portsmouth

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This year is the 40th anniversary of the opening of what has grown to become Portsmouth International Port, but what for most of the past four decades was known simply as ‘the ferry port’.

From a small four-acre site with a choice of just two routes and one ‘linkspan’ for passengers to board ferries, the port now offers crossings to more destinations than any other UK port.

This summer staff there will be celelbrating with a series of special events and they are asking passengers to contribute memories, photographs and home movies of the early days of what is now dubbed ‘Britain’s best-connected port’.

Built by Portsmouth City Council alongside the M275, the port quickly gained that title because of its closeness to London and a much larger range of connections on the continent than any other UK port.

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