Poole, on the south coast of England, was where I grew up and where my family had lived for many years before I turned up. The link was broken only a few weeks ago when my mother died at the age of 103.
Poole is an ancient port that has a history going back to medieval times, although this set of photos represents two more recent maritime developments.
One is the well-established firm of Sunseeker Yachts, Poole being the company’s world headquarters and main manufacturing base. There are Sunseeker premises all round the port area, and plenty of their products are on display. You need a very deep pocket to afford one of these!
The other major headquarters in Poole is that of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). All the lifeboat crews are volunteers and the RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.
I was in Poole recently and took these shots of the two lifting bridges as a Sunseeker and a lifeboat passed through.