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The Port of Ramsgate also known as Port RamsgateRamsgate Harbourand Royal Harbour, Ramsgate is a harbour situated in Ramsgatesouth-east Englandserving cross-Channel freight traffic and smaller working trade station ramsgate website pleasure craft. It is trade station ramsgate website on behalf of the public by the local authority, Thanet District Council. A car passenger ferry service operated trade station ramsgate website TransEuropa Ferries was suspended in April and a trade station ramsgate website operator has yet to be found .
The construction of Ramsgate Harbour began in and was completed in about The two most influential architects of the Harbour were father and son John Shaw and John Shaw Jrwho designed the clockhouse, the obelisk, the lighthouse and the Jacob's Ladder steps.
The Harbour has the unique distinction of being the only harbour in the United Kingdom awarded the right to call itself a Royal Harbour. This was bestowed by King George IV after he was taken by the hospitality shown by the people of Ramsgate when he used the harbour to depart and return with the Royal Yacht Squadron in Because of its proximity to mainland Europe, Ramsgate was a chief embarkation point both during the Napoleonic Wars and for the Dunkirk evacuation in The ferry terminal area is built upon reclaimed land.
Port Ramsgate has provided cross-Channel crossings for many years. Previously Sally Ferries provided a service of passenger and car ferries to Dunkirk.
Passenger services were only available on certain crossings, and then only with vehicles. When the much larger SR. N4 craft, capable of carrying 30 vehicles and passengers, were delivered inHoverlloyd moved operations to a purpose built hoverport in Pegwell Baynear Ramsgate.
The Royal Harbour has a large marinaprimarily based in the inner pool of the original harbour, with water levels controlled by lock gates containing berths, although a number of other berths are also available in the outer harbour, and so can be accessed around the clock, rather than just either side of high tide when the gates open.
The marina has a number of facilities for sailors, including refuelling, utility hook ups and amenity blocks. The lighthouse situated on the West harbour arm was built in and is 11m high. It is active and emits a continuous red light. A lifeboat station was first established at Ramsgate Harbour in by the trustees of the harbour,  pre dating the formation of any trade station ramsgate website lifeboat organisation by more than 20 years.
The original was built by lifeboat pioneer Henry Greatheadin the same year that he was recognised by parliament for the lifeboat being "deemed a fit subject for national munificence". After a lapse in service between and a station was re-established by the trustees, with the lifeboat named in honour trade station ramsgate website the lifeboat sponsor, the Duke of Northumberland.
The new and prized boat had been built in accordance with the plans of a model that had been the prize-winner in the national competition for the best design for such a craft.
In Jerimiah Walker having previously distinguished himself by his humane, zealous and successful efforts in rescuing the Master and the crew of the Northern Belleas a seaman of the lugger Petrel assisted in the rescue of the crew of the Spanish trade station ramsgate website Juliawhich had become stranded off Ramsgate. For this assistance he was awarded a medal struck on the authority of Queen Isabella II of Spainthus Walker is believed to be one of the few men to have received two separate medals issued by different Heads of State.
On New Year's Day an event at sea of considerable loss of life occurred with the wreck of the Guttenburg.
Then, as now, the most hazardous area around the Kent coastline for any navigator was the Goodwin Sands. The Thanet Offshore Wind Project required the construction of a m quay for the assembly of wind turbines. On 14 Septemberthere was a failure of a ship-to-shore structure for the transfer of foot passengers onto ferries.
It collapsed in the early hours, causing the death of six people and seriously injuring seven more. The investigation into the accident trade station ramsgate website that the same basic miscalculation had been made by both the designer Swedish firm FKABa subsidiary of the Mattson Group and certifying organisation Lloyd's Register.