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30th August, 2013

Milford Haven

Today we visited Pembrokeshire’s ‘Hidden Haven’. Well, that’s what the book says that was so generously given to me along with other Welsh goodies by the charming folks from the tourist and harbour departments, who came aboard to greet us for our maiden call to Milford Haven.

The Mayor also came with her consort but not before greeting our passengers at the landing jetty as they disembarked from the tenders. A lovely gesture I thought.

Our pilot, poor chap, had to stay on board all day, and the compulsory tug also sat secured to our stern for the duration. This was due to the anchor position which was in a relatively narrow stretch of deep water, sandwiched between the shallows on one side and an oil jetty on the other.

When the tide turned it was expected that a certain amount of ‘pushing or towing’ may be required to avoid a costly and embarrassing accident. In fact, the tides were weak and the wind relatively calm initially. This strengthened as a weather front passed through, leaving us pointing in one direction for the whole day.

I remained on board but by all accounts the passengers enjoyed Pembroke Castle, Tenby and Britain’s smallest city, St. David’s.

When they returned afternoon tea was served, not only with the donated Welsh cakes, but to the accompaniment of a Welsh harpist. Of course she had to bring her own harp, and it was no small thing to manoeuvre between shore, boat, pontoon and ship.

This Haven is, despite the oil jetties and the tankers, a beautiful part of Britain and I do hope that one day there may be a dedicated jetty for passenger ships because when there is, it will surely be a regular port of call for the cruising traveller.

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