Port Solent is the country’s third largest marina, built on land reclaimed from the sea and used as a large landfill site. Work on the marina began in 1986. Two years later, the marina locks were opened for the first time. The honour went to Sir Alec Rose, whose Lively Lady was the first vessel to enter the new complex. He was the Portsmouth greengrocer who was knighted by the Queen in 1968, after he sailed into Portsmouth Harbour having completed a 354-day, 28,500-mile, solo trip around the globe. Sir Alec, who was also given the freedom of Portsmouth, died in 1991, at 82.
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