Sea Planes


Two Seaplanes in Dover Harbour C 1930

It is unsure if there was an actual “dock” but at one stage there was a daily seaplane flight from Calais to Dover carrying mail (and the occasional passenger). It was not financially successful and failed. Possibly there was a special area of the harbour for the arriving seaplane.

There was also a seaplane base, with headquarters ashore at East Cliff, during WW1, with the seaplanes attached to The Dover Patrol hunting for enemy submarines.

In WW2 a German “Red Cross” seaplane, attacked off Deal, was brought into Dover harbour but destroyed shortly afterwards by a German shell (or bomb?).

Two Seaplanes at Dover (from glass negatives)

Bi-plane flys over parade gound