When Shoreham Port bought the fully-serviced office centre, Maritime House earlier in the year, they acquired a small but highly-prized piece of naval history to go with it.

Maritime House was built for the Royal Naval Reserve in the 1950’s but before that the site formed part of HMS King Alfred, a training centre for naval officers and Wrens. During the Second World War, in planning for the invasion of France on D-Day in June 1944, Shoreham Port was a major centre for the storage of ‘Higgins Boats’ - the small infantry landing craft used on D-Day, like the ones at the beginning of the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’. The Higgins Boat coxswains/skippers were trained at HMS Alfred.

At that time, the water’s edge was equipped with a narrow-gauge railway line to move the invading army’s equipment along the quay to load into the hundreds of Higgins boats filling the harbour. Miraculously, one of the small rail trucks (or bogies to use the correct term) was left on the quay edge to this very day. 

Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port commented “We realised that industrial archaeologists, railway and naval historians would be interested in the artefact, so we contacted Julia Edge, the Curator at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre who was delighted with the gift.”

Julia commented “The bogie is a very welcome addition to our historic rail collection, some items of which came from other parts of the Port. We are very grateful to the Shoreham Port for donating the bogie and for arranging to transport it to us.”

Getting the bogie to the museum was quite problematic as the heavy steel wheels and undercarriage threatened to pull the timber frame of the bogie apart when it was lifted. 

Jordan Wyatt, Fabrication & Welding Team Supervisor at Shoreham Port explained “The timber parts of the bogie were quite rotten and wouldn’t support the weight of the heavy steel parts, so we designed and fabricated a steel lifting frame to transfer the load direct from the steel axles to the lifting strops without putting extra strain on the timber frame. We then loaded the bogie onto one of our trucks for transport to Amberley. It’s a bit different from our normal line of work but we’re all pleased to be of service.”

2016 Annual Report Timeline

Work begins on converting lights around the Port to LED energy efficient bulbs

Port staff are reminded of the importance of safety in the workplace with a thought provoking talk from Proud 2b Safe

Port assists Southwick Cricket Club and Shoreham Academy with the purchase of new cricket nets for the community

Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn is elected as Chairman of the British Ports Association

Community gathers to welcome HMS Shoreham back to the Port

Port thanks customers at annual raceday at Fontwell Park

Hundreds enjoy unique behind-the-scenes boat tour of the Port

The new wind turbines become fully operational

Port staff help complete Mile Oak Primary science bus project

Port celebrates prestigious environmental award for investigating and responding to an odour and oil seepage in the sea at Portslade Beach

The Engineering team successfully replace the sluice valve at the south east corner of the Prince Phillip Lock

Shoreham Port shows it support to Brighton & Hove City Mission Food Bank as their chosen Christmas Charity for 2016

Shoreham Port Speed Limit