We have just published the new Visitor Fees, Licence Fees, Business Berth Charges, Resident Fees and the 2017-2022 Business Strategy.
The Flare Amnesty will take place from 11am on Tuesday 25th October at Fish Quay in Salcombe.
Bring along all of your expired flares to have them safely disposed of by Ramora UK.
On the morning of October 27th 1916, in the middle of the First World War, the small community of Salcombe suffered a terrible loss when the lifeboat William and Emma capsized on Salcombe Bar after returning from an abortive mission. Thirteen of the fifteen-man crew were drowned.
Events on 27th October 2016 to Commemorate the Centenary
On 27th October 2016, the Centenary of the capsize of the William and Emma, Salcombe Lifeboat Station will commemorate the tragic loss of 13 lives and give thanks for the saving of two with the following events :
10:00 am Service of Commemoration in Holy Trinity Church Salcombe led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Nick McKinnel.
All are welcome to attend and we hope to broadcast the service online for those unable to attend.
12:15 pm : Wreath laying at sea from “The Baltic Exchange III”, Salcombe’s All Weather Lifeboat, in the vicinity of the Bar; The “Joan Bate”, Salcombe’s Inshore Lifeboat and the Plymouth All Weather Lifeboat will also be in attendance.
“HMS Sutherland“, a Plymouth based Type 23 frigate, will position herself at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary in the position where the William & Emma capsized in 1916, she will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid, one for each soul lost. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/hmssutherlandThe following decommissioned lifeboats will also take part in the ceremony: • City of Bradford III (served on the Humber 1954-1977 and Lytham St Annes1978-1985). • Samuel & Marie Parkhouse (now named Onoros) (served in Salcombe 1938-1962). • Mary Irene Miller (served in Port Patrick 1989-2011).
After the ceremony all participating lifeboats will process up harbour to Whitestrand with a lone Piper aboard The Baltic Exchange III.
Boat owners are welcome to witness the wreath laying ceremony from the water, however we do request that you remain a respectable distance from the main ceremony and do not impede the passage of the small flotilla of lifeboats as it makes its way to and from the event.
14:45 Talk/Presentation/Film show in Cliff House reserved for the descendants of the 1916 crew and guests of Salcombe Lifeboat Station (by Invitation only). NB: This is the same talk/film as will be presented at other times during the summer – see “Talks and presentations”.
For more information visit the Salcombe Lifeboats website.
The Salcombe Harbour Port Authority Annual Report 2015/16 is available to download. Covering all aspects of business within Salcombe Harbour from incidents to the wider strategic business plan.
We’ve had a great response to our marine flare amnesty proposal and now we have a good idea of how many out of date flares there are in the area that need to be disposed.
We can confirm that the amnesty is planned to take place on October the 25th at Fish Quay. We will be confirming during October through social media, on our website and in our newsletter; make sure you like, follow or subscribe to make sure you get future updates.
Harbour Security Staff halt thefts in progress
Swift action by the Harbour’s security staff has resulted in thefts being foiled on each of the previous two nights. The first incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning in Bowcombe (Newbridge) when the security patrol witnessed two men making off with a kayak from racks adjacent to the slipway. When the patrol approached them the men dropped the kayak and drove off at high speed, almost knocking the security team over in the process. Details have been handed to the Police and the Harbour Office are trying to trace the kayak’s owner so that it can be returned.
The second incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning when the security patrol saw two men acting suspiciously at Victoria Quay in Salcombe. When the men were approached they got into a Silver BMW and drove off at high speed. Again, all information has been handed to the Police but members of the public who may have witnessed anything are also encouraged to pass on what they know to the Police.
The Harbour Master, Adam Parnell said “A number of ports and harbours in the South West have seen a spike in marine crime recently and unfortunately we have not been immune, and a small but significant number of outboard thefts have been recorded within the estuary this summer. The quick actions by the security team are to be commended on these occasions but we are obviously concerned that the thieves may try again, and we would urge boat owners to take especial care of their belongings. During the summer we have run several marine crime awareness events and have handed out security marking kits.”
Simple steps to improve security
Boat owners are encouraged:
- not to leave valuable or attractive items unattended if possible;
- to ensure that outboards etc are properly security marked. Even a post-code written in indelible ink can be a deterrent;
- if possible, lock outboards to the transom of the boat to make it more difficult to steal;
- report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101
If you need to apply for anything through Salcombe Harbour then you will find all the forms you need in our new forms area.
Click here to go to our forms page.
The first annual Salcombe Harbour photography competition has now closed and judging is well underway.
The competition winner will receive a canvas print of their winning shot, a cash prize and to become a character in our Estuarine Escapade comic strip.
See all of the entries for the 2016 Photography Competition here.
Closing date for entries is 9 September 2016 and if you have a photograph that captures your connection with Salcombe Harbour then you can submit it here.
Salcombe Harbour welcomes consultation feedback
Salcombe Harbour is beginning a consultation on its draft 2017-2022 Strategic Business Plan. This is being done over the busy summer period to capture feedback from residents and visitors alike.
The Harbour Board wants to meet evolving expectations and needs of Harbour users and they are proposing an ambitious 5-year plan. This will ensure that the Harbour is a safe, efficient and sustainable modern eco-harbour that that meets the needs and expectations of 21st century Harbour users while maintaining its unspoiled and naturally beautiful character.
– Transform Salcombe Harbour into an eco-harbour. The Authority intends to transform Salcombe into a truly sustainable eco-harbour that represents a model for other harbours to adopt.
– Improve navigational safety. The Authority wants to widen the navigable channel in ‘the Bag’ by replacing some swinging moorings with deep water pontoons close to the old houseboat moorings.
– Adapt to changes in visitor patterns. The number of visitors arriving by sea is slowly reducing, but more are choosing to launch their boat from a slipway inside the Harbour. We are improving the maintenance and operational management of slipways to ease congestion during busy periods, and investigating better ways to store visitors’ road trailers.
– Support a thriving local community. Establishing Kingsbridge as a maritime destination, supporting a thriving shell fishing industry and raising environmental awareness are key priorities.
– Employ an engaged and dedicated staff. Our reputation comes from our staff’s dedication and commitment. We will recognise and reward their skills and experience with career-enhancing qualifications.
Consultation period open until 2 September
The Harbour Authority welcomes feedback by post or online. The consultation period closes on 2 September 2016.