23/08/2013

Searles Sea Tours 'Cross Wash' trip to Skegness

Now for something a little bit different...

Our regular correspondant David Bell reports;
I got quite a surprise when watching the local Look North news this morning. There was an article about the first ever car ferry crossing from Hunstanton to Skegness which was due to leave from Hunstanton seafront at 0900. I shot up there and took the attached photos...

Captain Willie sets sail! Hunstanton 23/08/13 (c) David Bell
Searles ex US army LARCs (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) with car on board alongside Searles mascot Captain Willie © David Bell.

Captain Willie sets sail! Hunstanton 23/08/13 (c) David Bell
Searles ex US army LARCs (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) prepares to launch © David Bell.

Captain Willie sets sail! Hunstanton 23/08/13 (c) David Bell
Searles ex US army LARCs (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) enters the sea © David Bell.

The photographs show Wizzy which is one of two ex-US army LARCs (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) owned by Searles ready to depart for Skegness on the test run, The crossing was expected to take approximately two hours and if all goes well there is the possibility of a ferry service between Hunstanton and Skegness being introduced in 2014 - see the Searles website for more info.

The various Amphibious vehicles operated by Searles are a familier sight in Hunstanton and can usually be found operating on various Wash and seal tours departing from the Central Promonade.

In medieval times there was a ferry across the Wash and in the 1950s there were plans to build a barrier across the entrance to the Wash and reclaim the land within as has been successfully carried out in Holland.

The photographs in this post were supplied by and are © David Bell, for a couple more photos check out our Flickr Photostream