Still in Plymouth with a strong west wind howling through the rigging of the yachts in the marina. At least there are things to see and do here. I once spent 5 days weatherbound on the small Dutch island of Vlieland where the only things to do were to walk round the island, and watch other yachts being towed in by the lifeboat.
|English cartoon of Napoleon's transport plan. (Historum.com)|
Therefore when the French enlarged Cherbourg to be a major harbour in the 1850s it was seen as a direct threat to England and prompted the building of fortifications at the entrances to Plymouth, Portsmouth and elsewhere which are still in place.
Plymouth is still an important naval base and we see huge warships come and go every day seemingly unaffected by the bad weather. We could perhaps ask what threat these enormously expensive ships are defending us from in today's world, but maybe you can never know when a deterrent has worked - only when it hasn't.
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