1945 - Removal of Sea Gates
1st October. The Boom Defence Vessel Rogate, began to remove the Sea Gates that had kept the harbour safe from surface attacks’ during the war. There were three Sea Booms one stretched from Lumps Fort to Nettlestone Point, Isle of Wight.The second Boom stretched across the Needles Passage from Durns Point to Hamstead Ledge, with Cherwell as the gate vessel later replaced by Silva. The third and inner Boom was held in readiness at the Round Tower, Old Portsmouth, to be hauled across to Fort Blockhouse in an emergency. The Rogate had been on duty for eight years.