SANDOWN, Isle of Wight. The Paddle Steamer Sandown arriving at Sandown Pier in August 1939. Sandown Pier was originally much shorter, but was extended in 1895 with a new pavilion and steamer landing stage. It was intended to attract tourism to Sandown and entertainments included a band and a ballroom. Southern Railways PS Sandown operated the Portsmouth-Ryde service across the Solent between 1934 and 1964 when she was finally broken up. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print showcases the iconic Sandown Pier in all its glory during the summer of 1939. Standing tall against the picturesque backdrop of SANDOWN, Isle of Wight, this historic pier has a rich history that dates back to its original construction. Originally much shorter, Sandown Pier underwent a significant extension in 1895 which included the addition of a new pavilion and steamer landing stage. This expansion aimed to attract tourists to the area by offering various forms of entertainment such as live bands and a grand ballroom. In this particular snapshot, we witness the majestic Paddle Steamer Sandown gracefully arriving at the pier. Operated by Southern Railways between 1934 and 1964, this vessel served as a vital link between Portsmouth and Ryde across the Solent. The image beautifully captures both land and sea elements with an aerial perspective that highlights not only the impressive structure itself but also hints at the vastness of nature surrounding it. The ship's arrival symbolizes adventure and exploration while reminding us of an era when steam-powered vessels were key players in transportation. Preserved within Historic England's Aerofilms Collection, this photograph offers viewers a glimpse into an enchanting past filled with maritime charm. It serves as a testament to Sandown Pier's enduring legacy as well as its contribution to tourism on Isle of Wight for generations gone by.
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