The 957grt Norman Queen of British Channel Islands Shipping unloading at Poole Gasworks on 25th May 1939. She was built in 1937 by Burntisland Shipbuilding. On 8th March 1941 she was off Cromer, part of the convoy FN-26, when she was attacked by the 3rd Flotilla of German Schnellboote (E-boats), consisting of S-101, S-28, S-27, S-29, S-31, S-61 and S-102. Six British cargo vessels were sunk. Eleven crew members of the Norman Queen lost their lives.
The 957grt Norman Queen of British Channel Islands Shipping unloading at Poole Gasworks on 25th May 1939. She was built in 1937 by Burntisland Shipbuilding. On 8th March 1941 she was off Cromer, part of the convoy FN-26, when she was attacked by the 3rd Flotilla of German Schnellboote (E-boats), consisting of S-101, S-28, S-27, S-29, S-31, S-61 and S-102. Six British cargo vessels were sunk. Eleven crew members of the Norman Queen lost their lives.

Poole is an established port ranked fourteenth in terms of national trade, and has grown continuously during the last twenty years. over that time the total cargo handled has more than doubled to the current level of 2.3 million tonnes per annum. Ferry services were first set up in 1973 and the Cross Channel and Channel islands trades now carry 850,000 passengers per year. The port imports a significant amount of steel, amounting to over half of the total cargo handled, with rail distribution to U.K. steel stockholders and customers. The other imports are timber, bricks, fertilizer, grain, aggregates and palletised cargo, while the exports are clay, sand, grain and scrap metal and steel. The main constraint to port activity remains the limited draft of six metres, as well as the narrow harbour mouth and the distance from the harbour mouth to the quays.

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