Boat Trips


Thames Estuary Barge Sailings & Pilot Vessel Cruises

N.B There are no longer RiB Boat Trips from Whitstable or Herne Bay

Barge Sailings

Made from the fishing port of Whitstable on the North Kent Coast aboard the historic Thames Sailing Barge the SB Greta, built in 1892 she's had a long & distinguished life plying all manner of wares & was one of the Dunkirk Little Ships

SB Greta

Sailing Barge 'Greta' from the top of Red Sands Fort

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Car Parking: Pay & Display at the Gorral Tank opposite Whitstable Harbour or as oraganised directly with skipper Steve Norris

Pilot Vessel Cruises

X-Pilot approaching the Red Sands Radio Fort

X-Pilot approaching the Red Sands Radio Fort

The X-Pilot built in 1967 is a 62 foot long 72 ton former River Thames Pilot vessel.

Formerly based at Gravesend now in private hands, she's used as the supply vessel for the Red Sands Forts, often employed for film & TV work & of course pleasure cruises on the Rivers Thames, Medway & waters of Essex

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The X-Pilot sails from her home port of Rochester on the River Medway or the All Tide Landing at Queenborough, Sheerness the Isle-of-Sheppey

Car Parking: Adjacent to the all tide landing, Car Park & on street in Queenborough, owners Martin & Skipper Alan will advise

X-Pilot Info Sheet

Useful General Information

Cameras may be brought on all trips at your own risk, beware of sea spray, waves & wakes from vessels

We recommend use of sun glasses, hats & UV sun protection for all trips

Safety first, vessels are skippered by competent crews with marine radio, life preservation & safety equipment aboard

Skippers maintain a radio watch with Thames Coast Guard & work closely with the local harbour authorities & the RNLI

Bookings may be made securly on-line

Please email for Corporate Sailings & Special Bookings

Other interesting information Olau Ferries once operated from Sheerness


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