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Camber Dock is tucked in behind The Point, Old Portsmouth, at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. It is a small commercial and fishing port, and while Portsmouth is obviously better known for its naval dockyard, the Camber is the oldest dock in Pompey. Commercial ships have been landing goods at the town that grew up around the Camber Docks since the owner of a fleet of merchant ships, Jean de Gisors, decided in approximately 1180, that the sheltered harbour at the Camber was the ideal place to start a town from which he could trade with Normandy. Trade with France and beyond gave Old Portsmouth its nickname Spice Island. During the 17th century an increasing range of businesses had taken hold in the area with four taverns being recorded by 1610. By the 18th century the Point had become a popular destination for sailors on leave from ships moored in Spithead. This resulted in the area becoming notorious for lewd behaviour and was mainly composed of pubs and brothels, and appeared as such in Thomas Rowlandson's etching named after the Point. This etching may be seen reproduced as a giant mural on the outside of The Bridge Tavern right on the quayside. Today, in addition to being the home of Pompey's fishing fleet, the Camber has moorings for pleasure craft, small coasters still appear once in a while, and the Isle of Wight car ferry from Wootton Creek disembarks here.

This photograph gives no idea of what the Camber looks like, so maybe I'll post a more general view one of these days. I was prompted, nay inspired, to upload this image by a recent posting by Lisa (Delpeoples), so this is dedicated to her.

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