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Lyn & Phil, Jethou StaffSeptember 1968

Crevichon from the Cafe terrace

Colette & Amanda Faed with Robin the donkey April 1969

Looking Northeast to herm from just East of the Cafe. The "Clacton Gazelle" is moored across the end of "the ramp" a small moveable jetty that could lowered or raised along rails. from the boathouse (green building) 

Cafe & Boathouse, low tide

View of cafe and landing area from entrance to fairy Wood


The "Ramp"

The "Ramp" being winched up to the boathouse laden with supplies.

The Clacton Gazelle

The Ferry unloading onto the "ramp" at high tide. This is the Clacton Gazelle, the hull I believe was cream at first, then I think it was painted red.

La Barbelotte (the Puffin) Purpose Built in Guernsey for the 1970 summer season.



The Arrowhead, the hull was Red


Jethou landing

 When the Faed family arrived in Jethou in late 1964 the Jetty started some distance down the beach, built of stone and about 5 foot wide and 5 foot high about half way down the was a gap of about 12 feet which was left to allow the counter current which traveled from East to West to flow through. The builders of the Jetty had found that without this gap the pressure of the counter current damaged this section each time it was built. The gap was bridged by a wooden section, however this bridge was missing in late1964. Further down at point that could only be access on a low spring tide the Jetty was a wooden platform supported the wood posts in 45 gallon drums filled with stones. The reason for this was that this section was never uncovered by the time long enough for cement to start to cure. In 1964 this lower wooden section was in a very poor state of repair with large parts missing or unsafe.

 The Faeds soon started rebuilding the stone part of the Jetty and after a few setbacks and damage from storms, they quickly learnt to do this in such a manner the construction was strong enough to withstand the counter current and there was no need for the gap and its bridge. Also the stone jetty was extended right up to the bank above high water and access to it made through the bank.

Lower down the wooden section of the jetty was rebuilt and from then on kept in good order. All the work on the Jetty was done by hand and apart from the cement, the materials, sand gravel and stones were all from Jethou.

 The other landing method was to use the “Ramp” so called because of its wedge shape.

This was a wooden landing platform that was lowered from the boathouse down a set of railway lines set on concrete down the beach.

This has certain advantages; firstly it was always at the perfect height for the boat docking against its end, although it did have to raised or lowered with the tide at regular intervals.

Secondly cargo offloaded onto it could then be winched up to a point just outside the boat house where there was an offloading area and the cargo could then be transferred directly into the waiting transport.

Due to the beach leveling off further down, the Ramp could not be used when the tide was too low.

It was discovered that the Ramp, despite its heavy iron wheels and axles, would float off the rails if lowered too far into the water. Spare steel rails were then put into the framework of the Ramp to weigh it down, it could then be lowered underwater and used to bring up smaller boats such as the 21 foot Golden Eye to be worked on in the boathouse.