Weekly update – 1 June 2023

Historic find hardens up

Near Southsea Castle we have completed the first stage of the concrete pour to the wall that will encapsulate the historic triangular defence structure we uncovered. This structure was likely built as part of the late 17th century re-design of Southsea castle by Dutch military engineer Bernard De Gomme.

It’s all so quiet…

The rock placing excavators have gone from the area near Southsea Castle as the construction work on the groyne is now complete. The groyne is 95m long and comprises 20,715 tonnes of rock armour with each rock weighing 2-4 tonnes on average. Did you know there are 60 ecological enhancements built into the groyne – five concrete tide pools and 55 rocks that have been hollowed (ground) out by our rock muncher? These have been designed to enhance and encourage marine life by ‘greening the grey’.

It never gets old…

We’re always pleased to talk about our historic finds and recently the principal consultant from Wessex Archaeology, Alex, spoke at the Portsmouth Museum on the topic ‘Defending the Past and the Future – archaeological discoveries from the Southsea Coastal Defence Scheme’. We’re excited to be involved in an upcoming exhibition at the museum. Titled Ocean at the End of the Lane, the exhibition opens on Saturday 15 July. Stay tuned for details…

Moin Moin Mein Schiff!

Portsmouth Harbour has been the backdrop of many spectacles, and on Friday 26 May it was the turn of cruise line TUI as their ship Mein Schiff 3 took the title of largest ship ever to sail into the city. It’s even bigger than the aircraft carrier! With 2400 mainly German speaking passengers onboard, Mein Schiff 3 arrived in Portsmouth at 6.30am, giving guests plenty of time to explore the city. ‘Moin Moin’ means ‘Good Morning’ and is a local greeting in Bremerhaven near Hamburg where the ship is from. You can see parts of the Southsea Coastal Scheme in the photo’s background! Read more.