8 Facts About The English Channel

1. The English Channel Crossing Association was set up at about this time to cater for unorthodox crossings.

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2. On 10 June 1821, The English Channel-built paddle steamer Rob Roy was the first passenger ferry to cross channel.

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3. The English Channel has traffic on both the UK-Europe and North Sea-Atlantic routes, and is the world's busiest seaway, with over 500 ships per day.

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4. The English Channel Islands were the only part of the British Commonwealth occupied by Germany.

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5. The English Channel was more successful in 54 BC, but Britain was not fully established as part of the Roman Empire until completion of the invasion by Aulus Plautius in 43 AD.

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6. In more peaceful times The English Channel served as a link joining shared cultures and political structures, particularly the huge Angevin Empire from 1135 to 1217.

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7. The English Channel is of geologically recent origin, having been dry land for most of the Pleistocene period.

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8. The English Channel acts as a funnel that amplifies the tidal range from less than a metre as observed at sea to more than 6 metres as observed in the Channel Islands, the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula and the north coast of Brittany.

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