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Wednesday, 1 August, 2018 - 16:15

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 in inclement weather. Finally, last week, the plan came to fruition with the placing of several curiosities on the seabed including two six ton Admiralty anchors, four statues (including a diver, a ....Learn More

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 17:27

A special memorial service has been held at Portland's Castletown D-Day centre today. Six statues of real soldiers who lived on the island have been erected on the floating mulberry harbour and can be viewed from the museum's lookout point.

The statues, representing six wartime figures, were unveiled on the Phoenix caissons at Castletown's Mulberry harbour yesterday, marking the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. The statues comprise two US GIs - to ....Learn More

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 - 13:27

Bosuns Block House is a new building that stands where the old public toilet block used to be and this has been rebuilt to provide a scuba diving shop on the ground floor and a training facility on the first. This wonderful lifestyle opportunity for a business minded enthusiast on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast.

It sits in the heart of Castletown’s scuba diving centre and is a newly developed 230m2 purpose built two storey property (pictured) ready to accommodate a business ....Learn More

Friday, 15 December, 2017 - 13:14

A development on the edge of Portland Harbour has won a prestigious award. Crabbers’ Wharf development, in Castletown, landed the top award in Weymouth Civic Society’s annual awards evening held at Nothe Fort. The development, masterminded by businessman Derek Luckhurst, offers sweeping sea views and is a mixture of business units and and holiday apartments which form the shape of a ship. It replaces previously decaying Copine crab processing buildings.

The ground floor houses small ....Learn More

Sunday, 15 October, 2017 - 14:08

After three years of planning and obtaining the necessary licences from various authorities, the first artefact has been placed 14 metres down on the seabed in Balaclava Bay - just outside and to the south of Portland Harbour's southerly (Hood) entrance.

The brainchild of Derek Luckhurst and another element of his Castletown Regeneration initiative, the Underwater Curiosity Park (UCP) will be a 5,000 square metre (just over the size of a football pitch) area of seabed containing up ....Learn More

Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 - 14:01

Last month Portland Port approved the designation of the Underwater Curiosity Park within Portland harbour, which is an integral part of the overall plan to attract the scuba divers back to Castletown. A Marine License is being sought from the Marine Management Organisation as well as a License from the Crown Estate which should take 3 to 4 months which, once confirmed, will give the go ahead for the build of the Underwater Curiosity Park.

Plans are already being drawn up to assemble ....Learn More