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Live Webcam with Ryde Harbour and The Solent

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  • Location: Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
  • Source: Railcam
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing Ryde Harbour and ships in The Solent off the Isle of Wight. The webcam shows views of shipping traffic including ferries and hovercraft crossing from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth. The webcam is located at the Royal Esplanade Hotel in Ryde.
    This live webcam is courtesy of Railcam

More info: A regular ferry service has operated out of Ryde to Portsmouth, since 1805. Back then it was with sailing ships and the crossing time was quite erratic. The low tides also caused problems as the ships had to anchor off-shore and passengers were transferred to and from the ship by horse and cart. This problem was rectified by the building of a pier in 1815 and later in 1825 a steam ship service was introduced cutting the crossing time down to around 35 minutes.