Accommodating estuary english
Dolphins, seals and many other forms of wildlife and birdlife abound in their respective seasons.
Entry can be difficult in easterlies or south-easterlies, and the tide runs strongly at springs, particularly where the channel is confined such as at the bridges.
With Hull, Chester, and Bristol now only just over two hours from London, the morning and evening transport routes to and from the capital carry many people who speak with an accent which shows the influence of their place of work.
The factors governing the spread of this variety are only partly explained by social mobility and new patterns of settlement.
Their move will have caused many to modify their accents, and their numerical presence (as well as their economic standing) may even have influenced the original residents to accommodate (p.298) in their direction.
Estuary English may therefore be the result of a confluence of two social trends: an up-market movement of originally Cockney speakers, and a down-market trend towards 'ordinary' (as opposed to 'posh') speech by the middle class.
In the charts that accompany this you will find the NP tidal flow diagrams.
Time spent studying these and working up a passage plan will be time well spent.
For minor vessels the lock to Camperdown Dock can be opened on request from 2 hours before high water to high water.They are rock hard and you could end up in serious trouble if you are pinned onto one by wind or tide.Any kind of passage making within the Thames estuary needs to be taken very seriously indeed, this is not the place for a jolly little jaunt up the coast.The next thing that needs to be appreciated is that the surrounding coasts are all low lying, and decent landmarks are very hard to spot. This brings us to the next problem, where the channels tend to run parallel to one another, in the flat featureless seascape it is all to easy to mistake one buoy for another and run yourself up a sandbank.These sandbanks (take it from someone who knows) are about as far from soft accommodating mud as you can imagine.