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Saturday 4th May 2013

I had the opportunity to take a Hover Travel hovercraft from Portsmouth/Southsea over to Ryde in the Isle of Wight. The trip took about 20 minutes at 25-30 knots, over slightly choppy sea and sand but was fascinating, sailing amongst ferries, yachts and other craft.

We travelled out on ISLAND EXPRESS to Ryde

At Ryde we had to cross the old railway lines by footbridge, so had a good view of the next incoming hovercraft: FREEDOM 90

ISLAND EXPRESS back again at Ryde

Offloading the Royal Mail

Mailbags going into the Royal Mail van

Then we took FREEDOM 90 back to the mainland from Ryde

What fun to be back on a Mailship run.