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Set close to the harbour entrance, The Camber is the site of Portsmouth’s oldest commercial docks. Four berths are available for small vessels, primarily local fishing boats, small coastal commercial vessels (upon application) and private pleasure craft. Portsmouth International Port are responsible for a significant area of the land in the area.
Commercial ships have been landing goods at the town that grew up around the The Camber since the owner of a fleet of merchant ships, Jean de Gisors, decided in around 1180, that the sheltered harbour at The Camber was the ideal place to start a town from which he could trade with Normandy.
Camber Quay, Old Portsmouth is home to Portsmouth’s inshore fishing fleet, comprised of 20 to 30 vessels who land fresh fish and shellfish on a daily basis.
A wide variety of fresh and frozen fish and live or cooked shellfish is available from Fish Portsmouth, who operate the fish market at Camber Quay.
In addition, Camber Quay has facilities for long or short term lay up of yachts and pleasure boats. KB Boat Park offers a dry berth launch and recovery service for small craft, summer and winter boat storage for larger motorboats and sailing yachts, plus lift and scrub ancillary maintenance services.
There is space for around 15 to 20 pleasure craft to secure to the Quay walls. Visitors can disembark for a look around the fortifications, visit one of Old Portsmouth’s public houses or hotels, many with fine views over the Harbour entrance and the Solent, or to buy from a wide variety of fish from the markets situated on the quayside.