ITS POSITION at the junction of the Carew River and the Milford Haven waterway meant that Lawrenny Quay was for many years a busy river port. Shipbuilding and ship repairing were important local trades, coal and limestone were exported to harbours along the Bristol Channel, and ferry-boats crossed to Cosheston and Rhooseferry. With the decline in coastal trading, Lawrenny Quay began to develop as a yachting and holiday centre and now has a landing-stage, boatyard and chandlery, much of it based on the site of RNAS Lawrenny Ferry. Lawrenny, a mile away in the midst of rolling farmland, is a village of attractive cottages. Martletwy, too, is now predominantly a centre of agriculture although coal was mined for many years around Landshipping and exported from Landshipping Quay.
Aerial view of the seaplane station shortly after the last war with the hangar clearly visible.