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Issue: 1 Date: 21st June 2018

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Whitstable Harbour, foreshore, scenes & working vessels our photographs & archives, historic photographs & old postcards

We plan to add more photographs and facts to this feature as they become available

Horsebridge 1880's

Horsebridge (1880's)

Harbour Basin 1880's

Harbour Basin (1880's)

Old North Quay Head & East Quay 1890

Old North Quay Head & East Quay (1890)

Old North Quay Head & East Quay 1890's

Old North Head & East Quay Whistable Harbour (1890's)

Marine Crescent, Old Neptune, Horsebridge & Harbour 1890's

Marine Crescent, the Old Neptune, the Horsebridge & the Harbour beyond (1890's)

Whitstable Harbour 1890's

Whitstable Harbour (1890's)

Fishermans Quarters Whitstable Harbour 1900s

Fisherman's Quarters, Whitstable (1900's)

Area between the Old Neptine Pub & Royal Native Oyster Stores

Barges off the Horsebridge 1900's

Barges off the Horsebridge (1900's)

The Harbour 1900's

The Harbour (1900's)

Whitstable Harbour work horses 1900's

Whitstable Harbour work horses (1900's)

Coal Jumpers working the barges 1900's

Coal Jumpers working the barges (1900's)

Harbour Basin 1900's

Harbour Basin (1900's)

Harbour Basin 1900's

Harbour Basin (1900's)

Harbour Postcard 1902

Whitstable Harbour Postcard (Approx' 1902)

Reprinted a number of times from by P.P Co No 1278

Harbour Postcard 1900s

Whitstable Harbour, reprint (1900's)

Coast Guard Station 1905

Whitstable Coast Guard Station (1905)

Marine Terrace ahead, today behind the fence the Tennis Courts

Whitstable Whelkers 1905

Whitstable Whelkers - Charlie West, Bill 'Fiddle' West, 'Darkie' West, Bob Bishop, William West, Charlie Carlton & Harry Day (1905)

With fishing in decline in Sherringham, Norfolk the West & Bishop family moved to Whitstable

Whitstable Harbour 1905

Whitstable Harbour (1905)

The Old Harbour Light 1900s The Old Harbour Light 1900s

The Old Harbour Light (1900's)

West Beach Postcard 1908

West Beach (1908)

Whitstable Natives Cooling Themselves

Whitstable Natives Cooling Themselves (1900's)

Central Beach Postcard 1900s

Central Beach Postcard (1900's)

By Royal Native Oyster Stores, Reeves Beach beyond

Whitstable Harbour 1911

Whitstable Harbour (1911)

Scooner off the East Quay Head  1920's

Scooner off the East Quay Head (1920's)

Horsebridge Beach 1920's

Horsebridge Beach (1920's)

William West & Aileen 1920

William West & Granddaughter Aileen at Whitstable Harbour (1920)

The Street 1921

The Street (1921)

The Street 1921

The Street, alternative image (1921)

Old North Quay Head & East Qauy 1920's

Old North Quay Head & East Qauy (1920's)

Reeves Beach Postcard 1920's

Reeves Beach (Approx' 1920's)

Coast Guard Station 1923

Coast Guard Station (1923)

Neptune & Marine Terrace Postcard 1925

Neptune & Marine Terrace (1925)

Old West Quay 1925

Old West Quay with crane & Daniel Brothers Barge No1470 (Approx' 1925)

A new crane was put up in 1984 using the same concrete base

Aerial view of Horsebridge Pier 1920s

Aerial view of Horsebridge Pier (late 1920's)

Horsebridge Pier 1920s

Horsebridge Pier (late 1920's)

Old Horsebridge Pier 1930

Old Horsebridge Pier (1930)

Derelict Horsebridge Pier 1950s

The derelict Horsebridge Pier (1950's)

Built from the timbers of the hoy 'Herbert' in 1913 the Whitstable Hoy Trading Company Pier was demolished in 1956

The hoy Herbert' 1930's

The Hoy 'Herbert' scrapped in 1913

Long Beach 1930's

Long Beach once known as Tankerton Beach (1930's)

F176' Gamecock' 1930's

F176' Gamecock' painting by unknown artist (1930's)

Children brave rough seas by the Old Neptune 1930's

Children brave rough seas by the 'Old Neptune' pub (1930's)

The Royal Native Oyster Stores 1932

The Royal Native Oyster Stores (1932)

Whitstable Horsebridge 1930's

Whitstable Horsebridge 'Evening Shadows' (1930's)

Aircraft by the Oyster Stores 1936

Avra Anson #K6166 from 48 Squadron at the Horsebridge (25th June 1936)

The military aircraft flying North out of RAF Manston the aircraft suffered engine failure switching over from the main fuel tanks to the emergency tanks and was successfully ditched by Pilot Officer A.R. Atkins, from the School of Air Navigation at Manston about 6 miles off Whitstable coast. Towed back to Tankerton in the afternoon, and then the Horsebridge ended up being writen-off

T.S Vigilant 1930's

T.S Vigilant by the Old Neptune (Approx' mid-1930's)

Harbour Beach 1939

Harbour Beach (1939)

Westbeach 1940's

West Beach (1940's)

Whitstable Harbour 1940's

Whitstable Harbour (1940's)

Motor Yacht Chino 1942

Motor Yacht 'Chino' in Whitstable Harbour (1942)

In June 1942, the Motor Yacht ‘Chico’ was towed to Whitstable to undergo repairs at Anderson, Rigden and Perkins ‘Chico’ and her crew served with honour during Operation Dynamo the evacuation from Dunkirk

See 'Chino' history

Whitstable Harbour Quay 1940s

Whitstable Harbour West Quay & Old Lighthouse from the Yacht Club Beach (1940's)

Coast Guard Station 1940's

Coast Guard Station (1940's)

Coast Guard Station 1940s

Coast Guard Station (1940's)

Whitstable Harbour 1945

Whitstable Harbour (1945)

Whitstable Sunset 1950s

Whitstable Sunset from Whitstable Yacht Club (1946)

Harbour Deadmans Corner 1949

'Deadman's Corner' Whitstable Harbour (1949)

Where flotsam & jepsam collects, Whelk boasts pictured belonged to Charles Camburn father of Jean of 'West Whelks'

Whitstable Harbour & Bay 1950's

Whitstable Harbour & Bay (1950's)

Whitstable Harbour East Quay 1950's

M.V 'Lumimnence' & M.V 'Nascence' on Main East Quay & Old Lighthouse from the Yacht Club Beach (1950's)

Coast Guard Station Beach 1950's

Coast Guard Station Beach (1950's)

West Beach 1950s

West Beach (1950's)

Whitstables Golden Shores

Whitstable's Golden Shore (1950's)

Tankerton Bay by the Skate Park

Whitstable Harbour Basin 1950s

Whitstable Harbour Basin with M.V. 'Vigilant' unloading on North Head (1950's)

Whitstable Harbour 1950s

Whitstable Harbour Basin with 'Leona' centre (1950's)

West Whelk Boat 'Floreat' approx' 1950

Charles Camburn Whelk Boat 'Floreat' (Approx' 1950)

Marine Terrace Postcard 1951

Marine Terrace (1951)

View from Horsebridge 1950s

Foreshore towards Harbour from the Horsebridge (1950's)

Stormy Seas from Reeves Beach 1953

Stormy Seas from Reeves Beach (1953)

Mullard 1950s

? & F19 'Mullard' (1950's)

Long Beach 1950s

Whitstable Long Beach looking towards Seasalter (1950's)

Whitstable Harbour 1954 Harbour Basin 1954

Whitstable Harbour Basin with 'Oriel' in foreground (1954)
Whitstable Harbour Basin (1954)

Whitstable Harbour 1950s

Whitstable Harbour Basin (1950's)

Looking towards the Isle-of-Sheppey from the South Quay 1956

Looking towards the Isle-of-Sheppey from the South Quay (1956)

Whitstable Harbour Anderson Rigden & perkins 1957

Anderson Rigden & Perkins with middle, Bob West & 2nd right Ian Lawson with 'Harvester II' left on the outer West Quay (1957)

Long Beach late 1950s

Long Beach (1950's)

Whitstable Harbour take over 1958

Whitstable Harbour hand over (1958)

The closure of the Whitstable-Canterbury 'Crab & Winkle' line in 1952 and the decline of the Harbour Whitstable Urban District Council purchased Whitstable Harbour from the British Transport Commision on 1st January 1958

With local government reorganisation in April 1974 Canterbury City Council became the Harbour Authority with a Harbour Board established in 2003

Reeves Beach 1950's

Whitstable Harbour & East Quay from Reeves Beach (1958)

Roland Hilder Illustration of Whitstable 1950's

Rowland Hilder Illustration of Whitstable (Late 1950's)

Whitstable Harbour 1960

Whitstable Harbour (1960)

Whitstable Harbour 1950

Whitstable Harbour Basin, left the'Harvester II' Quayside (1960 )

Whitstable Harbour 1961

Whitstable Harbour (1961)

Whitstable Harbour 1961

Whitstable Harbour Basin, Useful', 'Mallard' centre with 'Scotsman' astern (1961)

Whitstable Harbour 1961

Whitstable Harbour South Quay (1961)

Pictured the Old Railway Line's (Crab & Winkle) Engine Shed left, planning permission has been granted (January 2018) to the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company for yet another restaurant!

The Old Steam Packet Public House with Harbour Masters flat above was last occupied by John Bloom

The building became Whitstable & District Angling Society (Angling Club) and broadcast centre for Red Sands Radio when it came ashore from the Forts in 2009 - 2014

The building was vacated in 2016 and now used by the Harbour Garden Cafe with Oyster Tanks in the old bar and an office above

Ultimately it's likely the building will be demolished once the Harbour Board decide on the sites future

Whitstable Harbour 1960s

Whitstable Harbour Basin, with the 'Harvesters I & II' centre (1960's)

Whitstable Harbour from Reeves Beach 1960s

Whitstable Harbour Basin (1963)

Whitstable Harbour Quay mid 1960s

Whitstable Harbour (1960's)

Whitstable Harbour 1960s

M.V's 'Greta' & 'Solent' both Dutch registered ships unloading bags of potatoes on the main East Quay (1960's)

The coaster 'Greta' namesake of the 1892 - SB (Sailing Barge) Greta Whitstable Harbour summer resident

Red Spider Cafe and Beach Huts 1960s

The Red Spider Cafe & beach huts (1960's)

I bought the hut with the back window in 1980 which had been there since 1924. The beach huts and Cafe were demolished in the late 1980's for Sea Defence Works which raised the beach level to the promenade

A replacement hut lasted one evening before being vandalised!

I removed the hut which became an outside store at Advance Services in Oxford Street

'Stella Matutina', F 121 'Harvester I' F33 1964

'Coaster Stella Matutina', F 121 'Harvester I' F33 ? (1964)

Harbour from the South Quay 1964

'Vigilant' on the North Quay Head, the 'Harvesters I & II', 'Burtonia' on East Quay - B Berth, ?, ?, F102 a West Whelk Boat, HH036 ? Harbour from the South Quay (1964)

The Burtonia capsized and sank on passage Gunness to Ghent when the cargo shifted with the loss of four men on the 30th November 1972

Whitstable Harbour Quay 1965

'Tartan' enters Whitstable Harbour (1965)

Harbour Basin 1965

Coaster ? Louise, ?, F21 'Faustilus', F6 'Romulus' (1965)

Coaster 'Nacuoa' with recreational boats 1965

Coaster 'Nacuoa' with recreational boats (1965)

Harbour Basin 1965

Coaster 'Saba', F45 ?, Barge ?, Coaster 'Anny', 3 other boats ?, F6 'Romulus', LO 545 'Sea Hawk Queen' (1965)

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