Hastings Strade.

Further picture of the fishing boats at Hastings. With lockdown easing we felt it was safe enough to take a couple of nights away in our camper-van. We went down the coast to the east to Hastings.

Hastings is one of Britain’s oldest fishing ports, but there is no harbour. Boats have worked from the beach in front of the ancient town for over a thousand years.

The Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society preserves the fishing community’s medieval right to carry on using that beach – known as the Stade.

The beach known as the Stade has about 25 boats, It is the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain.

Old tractors and Bulldozers are used to push the boats down the beach and pull them back up. The whole area has a charm which lends it’s self to photographing a different way of life.

Fish is sold from little sheds at the top of the beach. There is some strong feelings about number10 and how our Government has failed to support our fishing fleets.

The RNLI lifeboat beach launches from the Strade film I took back during a visit in 2018 and also on a stormy day an aborted beach landing.

from my 2018 vist to hastings.
Same spot in poor weather!

2 thoughts on “Hastings Strade.

  1. Fascinating approach to launching and “docking” sea vessels! Great photos, and your video really helps me understand the techniques employed. I’m impressed with the two main approaches: one puts the boat onto a flat bed that then drives it across the beach and tips it into the water, the other tows/pushes it right across the beach. Sort of like towing a car by pulling it onto a ramp that lifts it onto the back of the tow truck vs towing it behind the truck with just the front wheels elevated.

    As for the video of the lifeboat self-righting in storm waves: those crews are heroes, whether they’re actually saving someone or simply practicing/patrolling/searching. Yikes!

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    • Thanks for your comments Rebbeca -The lifeboat incident made all the news channels last year. They were trying to beach on the Strade that was their 3 go. They decided to play it “safe” and headed back out to sea and go into the harbour down the coast at Littlehampton. Launching the fishing boats the bulldozers push the ridges of stones flat to help. It amazed me how long the process took.


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