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Around These Islands

Round Britain and Ireland 2019

12 Key Ports

Sailing around these islands in 2019, Nova’s voyage came at a moment of national uncertainty in the UK. It therefore seemed to be a chance to celebrate the places and people we encounter, to learn more about them, to compare and contrast, and to explore positive visions for the future.

We have chosen twelve ports for their historical or contemporary significance, spaced at regular intervals on the voyage. They’re diverse places, including Dublin – chosen to gain a view from our Irish neighbours.

Jonathan is collaborating with two organisations who share this ambition:

As they are produced we’ll feature them here, accompanied by sketch maps from London-based marine illustrator Peter Kent.


You can listen to the whole podcast series playlist on Soundcloud, or choose a port below for articles, podcasts, photos, video and more.

Introduction to the podcast series

1. Southampton

2. London

3. Hull

4. Dundee

5. Stromness (Orkney)

6. Oban

7. Belfast

8. Dublin

9. Holyhead

10. Milford Haven

11. Bristol

12. Falmouth

PLUS: National overview podcasts

Towards Maritime 2050 – Nusrat Ghani MP (Minister for Maritime)

The Role of UK Ports – Richard Ballantine (British Ports Association) and Tim Morris (UK Major Ports Group)

How Trinity House safeguards mariners today – Capt Roger Barker