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Red Sands Rendezvous

Issue 1 : Updated : 8th November 2007

Barge Greta at Red Sands

The Thames barge "Greta" at Red Sands in August 2001

Kept at Standard Quay Faversham she spends the summer in Whitstable Harbour

For details & to book cruises to see the sights of the Thames Estuary & North Kent Coast see Boat Trips

For more on Faversham see the town website

Grounded in 1943 at 5 nautical miles from the nearest land, Wardens Point on the Isle-of-Sheppey, & 7 miles from Whitstable a later supply port. The Forts were built to defend the Thames approaches & London. Abandoned by the MoD in 1956 Red Sands Army Forts became home to Radio Invicta, K.I.N.G & Radio 390 between 1964 & 1967

See Red Romance for the detail

Red Sands fort cluster

Red Sands fort cluster MoD code name U6 ("Uncle 6") looking North: Foreground & flanked right 3.7 Gun Towers, Centre Control Tower, 3.7 Gun Tower & at the rear Searchlight Tower containing original Gardner generators used by the forts "Pirate" stations

Audio Break

A montage of sounds from the Red Sands Army Fort. The echoes from the towers in action in 1943, the 1960's with Radio 390 & the seagulls that have made the fort ther home since

For a range of books on the building of the Army & Navy Forts go to Offshore Shop

Red Sands 3.7 gun tower Red Sands 3.7 gun tower

3.7 Gun Towers

Red Sands Bofors tower

Bofors Gun Tower

Red Sands control tower

Control Tower

Red Sands cluster close up

Fort cluster close up

Red Sands searchlight tower

Searchlight Tower

Red Sands Development Company writen on fort Red Sands Development writen

Still evidence of the 1967 aborted Red Sands Development Company

More Red Sands Development

The Towers fall silent again

For more contemporary pictures of Red Sands navigate from Red Sands 2003

For artifacts & provenance of some of Radio 390's studio equipment & the Red Sands Forts see Red Relics : Red Romance : Red Sands 40 - Part 1 : Redsands 40 - Part 2

For Radio from Red Sands in 2007 navigate from : Red Sands Radio - Part 1 : Round Forts Race 2007 : Thames Air

For news on the Red Sands preservation project see Seatribe

For all the Shivering Sands Army Forts & its Radio Stations navigate from Sutch & City 1

For the Navy Forts & their Radio Stations navigate from Radio Essex 222 & Sealand One

For details on all the Thames estuarty Forts see Fort Fax

Make sure you also see the NAB "Mystery Tower" the forerunner to the Maunsell Forts in Sailing the Solent

For the history of Radio from Redsands & our range of other documentary CD's in the Offshore Radio "Roaring 60's" collection, the Sealand VCD, books, & a video on the Army & Navy Forts go to Offshore Shop

There are some pictures from one of Radio 390's senior announcers Edward Coles photo albums in The Pirate Hall of Fame

Greta sails back to port

Greta sets sail back to Whitstable harbour

Trips to the Maunsell Sea Forts are arranged throughout the summer from Herne Bay & Whitstable in Kent

For details & to book cruises to see the sights of the Thames Estuary & North Kent Coast see Boat Trips

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