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Issue: 4 Date: 14th September 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

Rough Seas Horsebridge

Rough Seas at Horsebridge Whitstable (1938)

Stormy Seas from Reeves Beach 1938

Stormy Seas from Reeves Beach (1938)

Sunset at Whitstable 1933

Sunset at Whitstable (1938)

Harbour Beach 1939

Harbour Beach 'MV 'Paul M' on the Main East Quay (1939)

Whitstable Harbour East Quay 1939

Alternative image - Harbour Beach M.V 'Paul M' on Main East Quay & Old Lighthouse from Reeves Beach (1939)

The above photographs show what is known as the Lighthouse in actual fact the chimney with a top light alongside the Stationary Engine House that was used to haul Crab & Winkle railway waggons in the 1930's

West Beach 1939

West Beach (1939)

Starvation Point late 1950s

Starvation Point, Ludgate Hill (1940)

The area where dockers would gather hopeful for work, the shops were demolished in the late 1960's the area landscaped with trees, an anchor and mast in 1990

Whitstable Bay 1930s

Whitstable Bay (1940's)

Between the Old Neptune and Harbour showing Hoy Trading Company Pier by the Royal Native Oyster Company building

Low Tide Whitstable 1940s

Low Tide Whitstable (1940's)

Whitstable Harbour 1940s

Whitstable Harbour (1940's)

Reeves Beach 1940s

Reeves Beach (1940's)

Westbeach 1940's

West Beach (1940's)

Note the Coastguard station flag flying

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)

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

Main East Quay & Old Lighthouse from the Yacht Club Beach (1950's)

Whitstable sunset from Marine Terrace 1950's

Whitstable Sunset from Marine Terrace (1950's)

Long Beach early 1950s

Looking towards the Harbour and Long Beach (early 1950's)

Main East Quay and Seawall from Reeves Beach 1950's

Main East Quay and Seawall from Reeves 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 1951

Marine Terrace (1951)

Marine Terrace Postcard 1951

Alternative image - Marine Terrace (1951)

Seawall (1950's)

Looking towards Reeves Beach

Sea Wall 1952

Seawall (1952)

Just beyond Reeves Beach towards the Yacht Club

View from Horsebridge 1950s

Foreshore towards Harbour from the Horsebridge (1950's)

Mullard 1950s

? & F19 'Mullard' (1950's)

Harbour Beach 1950s

Whitstable Harbour Beach (1950's)

Long Beach 1950s

Long Beach (1950's)

Often refered to as Tankerton Beach but is Whitstable Bay and Long Beach, Tankerton proper begins in the other direction from the Toilet Block

Harbour Beach 1950s

Whitstable Harbour Beach looking towards Seasalter (1950's)

Marine Terrace 1954

Marine Terrace (1954)

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)

Same postcard shown later still in circulation in 1960

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 Boatyard by 'Stellar' (1957)

Middle Bob West & 2nd right Ian Lawson with 'Harvester II' left 'Harvester I' & on the outer West Quay

Long Beach late 1950s

Looking towards Tankerton from Long Beach (1950's)

Long Beach late 1950s

Similar to above - Looking towards Tankerton from Long Beach (1950's)

Long Beach late 1950s

Looking towards the Harbour and Long Beach (1950's)

Reeves Beach 1950s

Reeves Beach (1950's)

Whitstable Harbour East Quay 1939

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

Whitstable Harbour & East Quay from Reeves Beach (1958)

Roland Hilder Illustration of Whitstable 1950's

Rowland Hilder Illustration of Whitstable (Late 1950's)

Beach Walk 1950s

Beach Walk (Late 1950's)

Showing Jacques Arcade, Savoy Restaurant & the Sisters Restaurant with sun blind

The Front Whitstable 1950s

The Front Whitstable (Late 1950's)

Note the Beach Restaurant for Luncheons, Teas and Suppers on the eastern part of Beach Walk

Whitstable Harbour 1960

Whitstable Harbour (1960)

Same postcard shown earlier in circulation in the 1950's

Whitstable Harbour 1960

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

Old Seawall, Fisherman's Huts from Yacht Club 1960

Old Seawall with Fisherman's Huts from Yacht Club Beach (1960)

Whitstable Harbour 1961

Whitstable Harbour (1961)

Note the same postcard available as the earlier 1945 edition shown earlier

Whitstable Harbour 1961

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

Alternative image from 1962 shown later below

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 East Beach 1961

Whitstable titled East Beach with distinctive Toilet Block with lookout above & Hotel Continental (1961)

Scene much changed with the 'Bubbles' restuarant above the Toilet Block development of the old Savoy Hotel Snooker Hall Building, the Waterfront Club and new car park (2018)

Whitstable Harbour 1960s

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

Whitstable Harbour 1962

Whitstable Harbour Basin, Useful', 'Mullard' centre with 'Scotsman' astern (1962)

Alternative image from 1961 shown earlier above

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 South Quay 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

Marine Terrace 1960s

Marine Terrace (1960's)

Old Neptune still under Thompson & Wooton, Note East Quay Harbour Transit Sheds

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

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

Harbour from the South Quay 1964

Barge on the North Quay Head, the 'Harvesters I & II', 'Burtonia' on East Quay Ballast Berth, ?, ?, F102 a West Whelk Boat alongside HH36 'Shaena' 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

Marine Terrace 1960s

Marine Terrace (1960's)

Harbour Street 1960s

Harbour Street (1960's)

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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