Over three years ago Portland Port and Derek Luckhurst first met to discuss an Underwater Curiosity Park with the idea of creating a novel dive site in Portland Harbour that is resilient to poor weather conditions and, therefore, ideal for beginners and a haven for the more experienced divers inFull Summary
As part of the Crabbers’ Wharf redevelopment and general clean-up, the Portland stone blocks that have been dumped into the harbour off the stone pier, along with decades of scallop and crab shells and a miscellany of nautical rubbish, will be removed. Discussions concerning the process of this removal are already occurring with Portland Port authorities.
Once this debris has been removed from the stone pier immediately adjacent to Crabbers’ Wharf, it will allow for a floating pontoon approximately 25 metres long by two metres wide, the use of which will be free of charge and not be subject to tidal conditions. Initial discussions with the appropriate authority indicate this should not be a problem. Once in place, all sorts of opportunities are opened up:
- Efficient and easy loading of fishing gear and unloading the ‘catch of the day’ makes Crabbers’ Wharf very attractive to commercial fishermen and guarantees its future commercial desirability, hence viability.
- The seasonal Weymouth to Portland ferry service can resume. (It stopped several years ago when the Portland disembarkation pontoon was condemned and recently removed.) Initial talks have already taken place with Coastline Cruises. There has been positive interest from Coastline Cruises to run a service using their 37’ and 40’ boats.
- A simple rowing ferry service to the Mulberry Harbours (similar to the Weymouth Pavilion to Nothe Quay ferry) could be established, subject, of course, to the necessary permissions and a certain financial investment in renovation and preparations.
- With many famous landmark sites along the Jurassic coast, tourists can be taken by motor boat to sites like Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the secretive deserted Tyneham Village.
- Boat trips around the harbour and Weymouth bay could be available.
- Mackerel fishing boat trips could be organised to coincide with the arrival of cruise liners.
- Scuba diving boats will be able to load and unload their divers and diver gear with ease.