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Beaked tasselweed, Ruppia maritima, and spiral tasselweed, Ruppia cirrhos, grow in the shallow waters of the Mid-Fleet.

Tern Island


An artificial island created off Abbotsbury Swannery for use by nesting seabirds. Mostly used by common terns and black-headed gulls.

Tidmoor Cove


A small cove to the south of Tidmoor Point.

Tidmoor Point


Located in the Mid-Fleet between Littlesea and Butterstreet Cove. Used as a rifle range by the army. When firing is taking place the South-West coastpath is diverted inland around the danger area.


Todds boatbuilders were located on the north side of Ferrybridge. In later years they specialised in making glass-fibre sonar domes for various navies. Now moved away from Weymouth


A narrow piece of land between an island and the mainland. The southern end of Chesil Beach and Hamm Beach are tombolos, both separately and together.

Torpedo Works

The Whitehead torpedo works was built on the north side of Smallmouth in 1891. More information is contained in the book 'the Centenary Story of the Whitehead Torpedo and Engineering Works, Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis' by Doug Hollings.


A small flat-bottomed boat for use in very shallow water. Much used on the Fleet. Good examples can be seen at Chickerell Hive Point and Langton Hive Point.

Turtle stones

A type of stone known as septarian nodules found around Chickerell Hive Point. They have segmentation markings that resemble the back of a turtle. Also found at Radipole, Melbury Osmond and on Portland. When sliced and polished it is sometimes known as Melbury marble. Good examples of whole and sectioned turtle stones can be seen in Portland museum.

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Upper Fleet

That part of the Fleet north and west of Rodden Hive Point. Also known as the West Fleet.

The trow ‘Cygnus’

A turtle stone at Chickerell Hive