Get a webcam like this for your own websiteSituated right beside the River Dart on Dartmouth's south embankment, Dartmouth Yacht Club has a wonderful view up and down the river and across it towards Kingswear. You can see the Ferry boats passing by plus the famous paddle steamer and even the steam railway at times plus the regatta is always worth a look.
Dartmouth was home to the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III and was twice raided during the Hundred Years' War. Consequently the mouth of the estuary was then closed every night with a huge chain. Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles protect the narrow mouth to the river.
The man made embankment which today extends the whole length of the town's riverbank is the result of 19th century land reclamation. This really started in earnest when a great number of prisoners of war from the Napoleonic Wars formed a captive workforce in Dartmouth.
In the latter part of World War II Dartmouth was a base for US forces and was one of the departure points for Utah Beach in the "D Day" landings.