Maritime Southampton

Southampton is surrounded on three sides by water – the River Itchen to the east, the River Test to the west, opening out to Southampton Water as you get to the south.
The whole area is protected to the south by the Isle of Wight, and the two rivers give access to the hinterland. With a double high tide, it’s no wonder that Southampton was always seen as the ideal spot for the South’s major port, and has a fascinating maritime History.

Come with your guide to hear how the port developed from a Saxon and Norman trading port, to a shipbuilding centre under the Tudors, through to hosting the Victorian leisure steamships to, the Channel islands and the Isle of Wight,  and then on to become Britain’s major  liner port in the early 20th Century, welcoming   the iconic Queens. And through the centuries, Southampton has alsos been the major embarkation port for troops, from Agincourt to WW2 and the Falklands.

The liners have now returned, and with the modern container port able to take the greatest ships in the world, Southampton’s Maritime future is secure.

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