Categorised as history, possible travel!
Harwich to Holland is a commercial route only.
Harwich to Hoek of Holland by car ferry (closest link to both)
Ramsgate to Ostend is cheaper
Maria de Medici, left Rotterdam in the 17th century and had a procession into Colchester. It was the curious subject of an old print in the 1630's. Maria was exiled for the second time and was making here way to Dover. A storm arose and both ships docked at Harwich; the whole entourage, including priests, took refuge for one week to recover in Coclhester.