Coming along the seafront in Southend I could hear a ship coming down river, it also had its lights on so it was easy to spot. I didn’t recognise it and it looked old; it’s the dredger Spauwer and actually only built last year.
This recording is from Chalkwell Esplanade opposite the bowling greens and there are two things going on, you can hear both at the time, you have to listen, listen carefully, but the recording makes it a bit easier. The Spauwer is in the background throbbing away, the sound comes in waves and changes as it approaches, passes and goes away, that’s quite familiar even today. In the foreground you have the racket that gulls, geese and other birds are making, the tide is out so they are out on the mud or at the tideline so they’re probably more than a mile away. It’s 2.40am, so not sure when they sleep.
Some weeks ago when it was windy, in the evenings when the tide was out, if you listened through the wind you could hear the waves breaking even though the tideline was way way off.