HMS OSPREY and King's Pier

Portland, Dorset

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The above image is copyright Dorset County Council 2000 and is reproduced here with permission.

The abandoned HMS OSPREY buildings 'B' lie on the left-hand side of the red rectangle marking out this area of Portland.

On the coast is Kings Pier, 'A'.

Most of this area is 'Out Of Bounds' to the public.

The track running through the red square from bottom to top left-hand corner is the route of the old Weymouth-Easton railway line.

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These are the buildings once occupied by HMS OSPREY but then abandoned when the Royal Navy left Portland and moved to Plymouth.

The road in the foreground in Incline Road which runs down from Tophill to the docks. This was once the line of a cable operated railway used for getting stone blocks down to the dockyard for building the Portland Breakwater.

Another view of the old HMS OSPREY building.

How sad that this has been allowed to be vandalised in this way - every window smashed!

There is a brief history of HMS OSPREY here.

The following two pictures were kindly supplied by Derek Why

The end of the Osprey Building - a process of 'slow collapse' resulted in it falling over in April 2005.

The buildings to the south of the Osprey building were also demolished in April 2005.

The end of the line.

At this point the track of the old railway line enters the property of Portland Port and, as you can see, they do not want visitors!

The waste pipe emerging from the old HMS OSPREY complex. 

Hopefully it is no longer in use!

The view in 2005 down Incline Road. This was the track way for a cable operated railway in Victorian times and later became the rear entrance for the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Who says fully grown trees don't thrive naturally on Portland!

  

The boundary with Portland Port property and the local shoreline. None shall pass!

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