Photographs around the Hard, West Mersea
Above: Moorings in the Besom Creek looking southeast.
Below: Besom Creek, looking northwest. Smack MAYFLOWER CK44 is on the beach for a bottom scrub.
Both photographs taken from the same position at the end of the beach 7 Aug 2007. This channel enjoys many variations on its name, such as Besom Creek, Besom Fleet, Buzz'n, Bussan, Busson...
Oyster dredging in one of the creeks - another arm of the family business.
The Greasy Pole on its way out to the barge, ready for the Regatta Watersports the following day. Behind is the Causeway with the hammerhead just visible at the end. Above: The floating hammerhead at the end of the Causeway, West Mersea. The moorings in the Strood Channel, opposite the Nothe, stretch away in the distance. Above: Today's job is to put out the diving boards along West Mersea beach. In the distance across the river is Sales Point, Bradwell and St Peter's Chapel. Mersea gets more than its share of beautiful sunsets. This is Regatta Day in 2009 and sitting on the Hard are the barge MELISSA and the fishing boat DIANA. The shoreline behind us is crowded with people at the Regatta prizegiving. Once the sun has set, the traditional fireworks will follow.