A visit from the Galatea

Ok, not actually in the Country Park but the Trinity House vessel Galatea has been visible offshore from the Country Park for a few days now. She was working at the Royal Sovereign light tower but today moved round to a position a little over 3 miles off Fairlight. Her duties include the maintenance and installation of navigational buoys, surveying and wreck marking for Trinity House and is also available for hire. She is equipped with a 30 tonne crane, a helicopter pad and carries a high speed work boat.

Today, Sunday 23rd, she is at the Rye Fairway Buoy which is about 3 miles out from Rye Harbour where cargo ships going into Rye anchor and wait for the pilot boat. A fairway buoy is a safe water mark and in this case marks the centre of the approach channel into Rye Harbour. The buoy seen on the stern of the Galatea in the photo, furthest from the stern and taller than the other 2 is a fairway buoy.

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