The Bramble Bush Bay

Number of views as of 15th October 2014 = 600.

Otherwise known as the Sandbanks Chain Ferry.

This car ferry operates across the entrance to Poole Harbour (Dorset, England) between Sandbanks and Shell Bay, cutting approximately 25 miles off a return journey between Bournemouth and Swanage.

Operated by the Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company, this diesel-hydraulic powered vessel came into service in 1994, becoming the 4th ferry to operate the route since 1923. Propulsion is achieved by drive wheels pulling along the chains.

Its maximum capacity is 48 cars and the occasional double decker bus. The crossing time is only 4 minutes but beware of queues at peak times.

A black ‘ball’ is raised on the mast (just visible below the flag) to indicate the direction of travel of the ferry to other mariners.

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Date: 6th June 2010.

Hello and thankyou for visiting my portfolio.

The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    Haha!! you have made this ferry look quite glamorous Howard- great to see the sun on it- lovely capture my friend!

  • Well I did my best Pauline, thanks very much, x

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 4 years ago

    Well taken on home ground Howard,i can remember many moons ago an earlier ferry breaking the chains and ending up in Bournemouth bay they sent the large tug boat from Poole to tow it back in,and it was reported in the local papers people on the ferry wanted their money back,for all the wasted time,some wag at the time said they should have paid more for an extended cruise in the bay,. Regards Dave.

  • Great story Dave, I do know that the chains are subject to wear and have to be replaced every couple of years. Thanks for that!

    – RedHillDigital

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