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The Thames Boom

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An eastwards walk along the cliffs at Minster on the Isle-of-Sheppey you can view shipping in the dredged approach channel to the River Medway, & beyond the Yantlet channel into the River Thames

Minster Beach

1. Looking east, Minster beach from the Leas

Minster Beach towards the Leas

2. Minster beach, Looking west towards the Leas

Thames Boom 1

3. Remnants of the Thames Boom from the cliffs with Southend tower blocks & pier beyond

The inshore area known as 'The Cant' is channel is marked by beacons which run west to east & is littered with WWII debris, wrecks

Thames Boom 2

4. Note: Offshore dredged Channel Buoys

Other remains include the Thames Boom, a defence made from old ships strategically sunk in a boom across the Estuary from Minster (Sheerness) to Shoeburyness

Thames Boom 3

5. Wreck remnants of the Thames Boom from the cliffs

This was primarily to control shipping movement in the early years of the Cold War

Thames Boom 4

6. Remnants of the Thames Boom from the beach

Surviving sections of the Boom extend seawards from the beach, in an emergency the open central channel section would have been blocked by old ships & hulks moored close by

Pillar Box

7. Reinforced concrete sections, from shoreline WWII Pillar Box

Pillar Box interior

8. Interior WWII Pill' Box

Thames Boom 5

9. Original five hulk mooring poles go out from the shore for some distance

The Boom originally extended into the deep water shipping channel, across & slightly north of Shoebury East Beach, to the mean low water mark where around 2km of wrecks remain

Thames Boom 6

10. Red Sands Fort on the horizon

Thames Boom 7

11. Parts of an old Thames Lighter

Thames Boom 8

12. Barges, redundant small craft, wooden hulks all were used to make the Boom

Thames Boom 9

13. Shipping moving Westwards into the Medway

Minster Beach

14. Return to the Leas

Sunset Minster Beach

15. Minster foreshore at sunset

One more wreck

16. Yet more debris

With grateful thanks to Brian Adams for sharing these photographs from August 2008

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