Dover and Calais, France Enroute to Normandy 19 June

We left the student flats  and Regent’s College early last Sunday morning via motor coach to Dover, England.  There we boarded a P&O Car Ferry Ship for the English Channel crossing to Calais, France.  The distance between Dover and Calais is the shortest of 22 miles of all the used crossing from the Continent to the UK.  Although I’ve crossed the channel many times in the last thirty years, I found this crossing to be the roughest due to the high winds.  The weather on the ship during the crossing was cold and rainy and the waves were about six feet in the mid-channel route.  These conditions about 12:30 PM were very similar to those the Allied soldiers encountered on D-Day and that gave a  realistic perspective to the students that I never had seen before.  Fortunately, our ferry was much larger than the tiny Higgins Boat landing craft the infantry used early in the morning on D-Day!

Dover Dock

Here students are waiting on the Dover car ferry dock to load their luggage on the trolleys for the Channel crossing.

Group Photo in Dover

This group photo shows the students on the ferry in the port of Dover just before our channel crossing. The famous White Cliffs of Dover are in the background.

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