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Whitstable Harbour 1983

Whitstable Harbour M.V 'Nascence' on West Quay, M.V 'Libation' leaving East Quay Balast Berth' (October 1983)

RNLI Station Whitstable Harbour 1983

Whitstable Harbour RNLI Station (October 1983)

Whitstable Harbour Marlon 1983

Whitstable West Quay 'M.V.'Marlow' an East German vessel unloading chocolate for Christmas, 'Cardium' & 'Masai Warrior' on the North Head (November 1983)

Whitstable Harbour Ramp 1983

Whitstable Harbour Ramp (November 1983)

Whitstable Harbour outer West Quay & Beach 1983

Whitstable Harbour outer West Quay & Yacht Club Beach (November 1983)

25th July 2014 - The Harbour Board reported that timber imports had only been marginally profitable & was replaced by Windfarm Servicing

Horsebridge ramp 1983

Horsebridge Ramp (December 1983)

Whitstable Harbour 1984

'Cape Cornwall', Rose of Rye', F115 'Benson', Shelisa', F93 'Sandpiper', 'Kordella', 'Masai Warior', Cardium', 'John J' on Ballast Berth (January 1984)

Whitstable Harbour 1984 Whitstable Harbour Basin 1984

Whitstable Harbour with M.V 'John J' on East Ballast Quay (January 1984)
M.V. 'Sea Medway' registered in Nassua, 'Paul Peter', 'Majaro', 'Pal o Mine' with'Faustilus' & 'Liberation' in foreground (January 1984)

The M.V 'John J' was previously the M.V 'Ignition' under Crescent Shipping flag, she was very unlucky in that Dick Oakey her owner (known as John J) fell into the water from a quay and drowned, another name change to M.V 'Eilean Roisin Dubhe' this vessel went aground at Loch Carnan and became a total loss, three crew being taken off by helicopter 30th October 1986

Whitstable Harbour Basin 1984

North Head - Graham Chandlers 'Sandpiper', Roger Coopers 'Benson', 'F21 'Faustilus', F41 'Louandric' F36 & 91 West's Whelk Boats. with stern of Stevie Gannons 'Melanie Claire' (January 1984)

Crescent Shipping Office 1984

Crescent Shipping Office (January 1984)

Not far from the Harbour in Albert Street, Crescent Shipping, had by consent taken over the earlier Daniels Brothers

Part of the London & Rochester Trading Company Limited they had an office opposite the Harbour West Gate at Starvation Point before moving to Albert Street in the early 1960's

From 1959 they ran the M.V.'Luminence' until late 1962 when she was replaced by the 1958 built refrigerated ship M.V. 'Resurgence' finally in 1969 the M.V. Dangeld' was introduced until February 1973 when the service closed

East Quay Head 1984

East Quay Head (1984)

West Quay Transit Sheds 1984

West Quay Transit Sheds (February 1984)

Hoo Plover 1984

MV 'Hoo Plover' on East Ballast Quay (February 1984)

Hoo Plover 1984

MV 'Hoo Plover' on East Ballast Quay (February 1984)

Reeves Beach 1980s

Reeves Beach looking west toward the Royal Native Oyster Stores (1980's)

Looking much like it did for many years until the Oval Development behind the railings and on the site of the old tile warehouse was granted in 2018

Mud off the Harbour 1984

A drop of Mud off the Harbour (1984)

Shalisa, Masai Warrior, Cardium, John J 1984

'Shelisa','Masai Warrior', 'Cardium', 'John J' on Ballast Berth (March 1984)

Masai Warrior, Cardium & John 1984

'Masai Warrior', 'Cardium' & 'John J' on the Ballast Berth (March 1984)

Harbour with Torgelow 1984

Three of my kids David, James & Sonia under East Quay Head with 'Torgelow' on West Quay (1984)

Long Beach 1984

Long Beach (1984)

Whitstable Harbour Snow 1985 Marine Terrace Snow 1985

Snow Whitstable Harbour Basin with Graham Croft's 'Cape Cornwall', 'Rose of Rye', 'Pal o Mine', 'Paul Peter', 'Alvic', 'Masai Warrior', 'Cardium' (1985)
Marine Terrace (1985)

Calliopi 1985

'Calliopi' (1985)

P.S 'Kingswear Castle' P.S 'Waverley' 1985

P.S 'Kingswear Castle' P.S 'Waverley' (1985)

Virgin Atlantic Challange 1985

Virgin Atlantic Challange on the West Quay (June 1985)

Virgin Atlantic Challange 1985

Virgin Atlantic Challange on the West Quay (June 1985)

Henrietta 1985 Conformity 1985

Paul Bridson onboard F109 'Henrietta' with 'Benson' alongside (15th June 1985)
M.V 'Conformity' (24th July 1985)

'Speedwell', Mick Hawken's 'First Freedom' 1986

Whitstable Harbour Basin Snow with Mike Judge's 'Speedwell', Mick Hawken's 'First Freedom' (March 1986)

Whitstable Barge Match 1986 Graham Croft on duty Whitstable Harbour 1986

Whitstable Barge Match (August 1986)
On Duty at Whitstable Harbour Graham Croft (1986)

Graham served on the 'Festivity' for F.T. Everard of Greenhithe, the 'Dominence' 'Bastion' & 'Vigilant ' (Picture 3) for London and Rochester Trading Company (Crescent Line) Graham was mate on 'Vigilant' in 1966 on a regular run shipping 45 gallon drums of oil
from Isle-of-Grain onto large tramp boats we became
stuck in Millwall Docks due to the National Dock strike

Speedwell & Henrietta Whitstable Harbour 1986

Mike Judge on 'Speedwell' Graham Croft aboard 'Henrietta' (1986)

Our Sarah Jane approx 1987

'Our Sarah Jane' (1987)

'Our Sarah Jayne', 'Masai Warrior', 'Tykela', & 'Paul Peter' were known as the Whitstable Navy, when we sailed out in the darkest days of the Radio Caroline 'Ross Revenge' taking a generator and essentials before she succumbed to the elements breaking her anchor at the South Falls Head on 20th November 1991 and gounding on the natorious Goodwin Sands

Ticino approx 1987

F44 'Ticino' (1987)

As Time Goes By TV programme 1987

SB 'Portlight' , PS 'Kingswear Castle', 'Auce' PG 'Lodella' (1987)

Graham named this photograph depicting shipping through the ages 'As Time Goes By'

Speedwell & Woolacombe approx 1987

'Speedwell' assists 'M.V 'Woolacomble' after off loading stone (1987)

Harbour Beach in Snow 1987

'Harbour beach in snow (March 1987)

Whitstable Harbour Snow 1987 Lodella leaves Whitstable Harbour Snow March 1987

Snow with Stevie Gannon's 'Melanie Claire' alongside 'Ticino' with two of West's whelk boats in foreground (March 1987)
'Lodella' leaves Whitstable Harbour in snow (March 1987)

Long Beach in Snow 1987

Long Beach in snow (March 1987)

Beach Fire 1988

Beach Fire (October 1988)

Chain west quay 1991

Chain destined for the Radio Caroline Ship M.V 'Ross Revenge' on West Quay (1991)

Forts Cruise 1992

Invicta Outside Broadcast, Forts Cruise, 'Melanie Claire' & 'Gill II' off Shivering Sands Army Forts (25th July 1992)

Forts Cruise 1992

Invicta Outside Broadcast, 'Gill II' off Tongue Sands Naval Fort (25th July 1992)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast for RNLI Appeal (18th June 1993)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast at Harbour Day (12th September 1993)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast at Harbour Day (12th September 1993)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast at Harbour Day with F11 'Speedwell' & F46 Ken Garrard's 'Channel Express' (12th September 1993)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast at Harbour Day (12th September 1993)

Invicta Outside Broadcast 1993

Invicta Outside Broadcast at Harbour Day (12th September 1993)

With four 1800 Bose amplifiers, 6 pairs of Bose 802's & a pair of Bose Sub Base speakers the audio could be heard clearly at the top of Borstal Hill!

Sea Wall snow 1994

Sea Wall (December 1994)

Horsebridge snow 1994

Horsebridge & Oyster Fisheries Building (December 1994)

Stag cotage snow 1994

The old 'Stag' pub (December 1994)

Subject of a long standing divisions between the resident owner & Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company

Middle Wall snow 1994 Yacht club snow 1994

Middle Wall (December 1994)
Sea Wall (December 1994)

Yacht Club snow 1994

Yacht Club (December 1994)

Harbour beach snow 1994

Harbour Beach (December 1994)

Snow in December 1994

Harbour snow with LO200 'Paul Peter' & F91 West Whelk Boat (December 1994)

MV Johno 1990

'M.V Johno' (1990)

Sketch of MV Johno 1995

'M.V Johno' sketch of the RNLI Rescue (January 1995)

The small coaster M.V 'Johno' was a regular visitor to Whitstable, owned by Harry who lived in Suffolk, she was often under the sole command of 2nd Mate Peter, he told tales of leaving her to her own devices under power whilst he took a shower & made supper!

Steaming into Whitstable in a northerly gale & heavy seas it's believed cargo hold hatchboards sprung, taking water M.V 'Johno' sank off the coast of Leysdown 3 miles north West of Whitstable. Both the Sheerness & Whitstable Lifeboats were launched the nimbler Inshore Whitstable Atlantic 21 reached the vessel first taking off the crew, the ship was later refloated & continued to visit our harbour

'M.V Johno' had been built in Germany in 1960/1 she started as the M.V 'Christine' until 1974 became the M.V 'Bandick' until 1992, finally the M.V 'Ahmed' in 1992 she's since been pensioned off & is now a Houseboat

Whitstable Barge Race September 1995 Whitstable Barge Race September 1995

'Thistle' Takes on essentail beer supplies, Whitstable Barge Race (September 1995)
CK139, Whitstable Barge Race (September 1995)

Reeves Beach January 1996

Snow at Horsebridge & Reeves Beach (January 1996)

Landward of Reeves Beach January 1996

Snow landward of Reeves Beach (January 1996)

Seacombe Trader, Berinice, Pipron 1996

M.V 'Seacombe Trader', Harbour Launch 'Berinice', 'Pipron' of Sheppey (23rd October 1996)

Nick Clarke lowered to SB Greta 2002

Presenter Nick Clarke lowered to SB 'Greta' for TV Documentary 'Sea to Source' (2002)

Berinice at Shivering Sands 2002

'MV 'Berinice' the Whitstable Harbour Launch alongside Shivering Sands Fort during filming of the TV Documentary 'Sea to Source' (2002)

MV Fitzcarraldo Whitstable Harbour 2003

Theatre ship M.V 'Fitzcarraldo' at Whitstable South Quay (2003)

Formerly the 1971 Norwegian General Cargo & Passenger Ferry M.V 'Bjarko' worked the northern islands before being purchased in 1991 by 'Walk the Plank' she toured the UK & Scotland from 1992 - 2006

Whitstable Harbour 2006

'Danny Boy II', 'Charlie Boy', and Gilson cockle boat'Cardium II' on North Head postcard (2006)

A North Easterly Gale hit Whitstable Harbour in May 2007 ...

Whitstable Harbour 2007

'Valkyrie' & 'Fast Castle III' (28th May 2007)

Whitstable Harbour 2007

M.V 'Pipit' on the West Quay (28th May 2007)

Whitstable Harbour 2007

'Fast Castle III' , East Quay - 'Berinice' & West Quay - M.V 'Pipit' (28th May 2007)

Whitstable Harbour 2011

Dredger M.V 'Lanrtic Bay' (4th October 2011)

Outer west quay 2012

Mussel Boat YE140 on the outer West Quay (7th April 2012)

East quay 2012

Looking West from the East Quay Head (6th October 2012)

Whitstable Harbour 2013

North Head F52 'Oly Ray' F165 'Cardium II' & West Quay 'Seiont-a' (9th September 2013)

Whitstable Harbour 2014

L1114 previously 'Lisa Marie of Littlehampton' renamed 'Lisa Marie of Arun' & F165 'Cardium II' (21st January 2014)

F52 'Oly Ray' & 'Renown' & R3 'Misty' 2015

F52 'Oly Ray' & 'Renown' & R3 'Misty' (13th May 2015)

West Beach 22 June 2014

West Beach (22nd June 2014)

Harbour Entrance 17 July 2014

Harbour Entrance (17th July 2014)

Harbour Basin from Fire Brigade Ladder 17 July 2014

Harbour Basin from the top of Fire Brigade's Ladder Tender (17th July 2014)

Swiftstone in Deadmans Corner 26 July 2014

'Swiftstone' in Deadman's Corner (26th July 2014)

Harbour Basin 26 July 2014

Harbour Basin (26th July 2014)

Oly Ray, Cardium II with Wash Pilgrim early on 27 July 2014

'Oly Ray', 'Cardium II' & 'Wash Pilgrim' early morning (27th July 2014)

RX43 and R14 27 July 2014

RX43 & R14 (27th July 2014)

RNLI Launch 28 July 2014

RNLI Launch (28th July 2014)

RNLI Launch 28 July 2014

RNLI Launch (28th July 2014)

RNLI Launch 28 July 2014

RNLI Launch (28th July 2014)

Underneath West Quay 30 July 2014

Underneath West Quay (30th July 2014)

Underneath West Quay distant Red Sands Radio Fort 30 July 2014

Underneath West Quay with Red Sands Radio Fort 7 miles distant (30th July 2014)

Whitstable Harbour 2015

L1114 'Lisa Marie of Littlehampton', now 'Lisa Marie of Arun' owned by Phil Edwards, F165 'Cardium II' & F52 'Oly Ray' (6th September 2015)

Whitstable Harbour 2015

SE21, R4, F52 'Oly Ray', F165 'Cardium II', West Quay & cockle boat 'Renown' & ? (12th December 2015)

Whitstable Harbour 2016

PW 458 & L1114 'Lisa Marie of of Littlehampton' now 'Lisa Marie of Arun' (22nd December 2016)

Harbour Basin March 2018

Harbour Basin (March 2018)

Drone shot of   Snow over Tankerton Slopes March 2018

Drone shot of Snow over Tankerton Slopes (March 2018)

Drone shot of Harbour Snow March 2018

Drone shot of Harbour Snow (March 2018)

Harbour Ramp 6th May 2018

Harbour Ramp (6th May 2018)

Tankerton Bay Yacht Club 6th May 2018

Tankerton Bay Yacht Club (6th May 2018)

Maunsell Forts Poster

Points of interest Poster - The Maunsell Forts off the Kent Coast showning the X-Pilot a RiB and SB Greta (Undated)

Local posters see Pintrest

Note: Fishing class 'Kordella' vessels - 'Kordella', 'Tykela' & 'Paul Peter'

Fishing class 'Faustilus vessels - 'Romulus', 'Remus', 'Pandulus'

With grateful thanks to John Andersen, Brian Baker, Tom Branbury, Graham Croft, Chris Davey, Mark Harrison, Brian Hitchin, Paul Jarvis, Richard and Mike Judge, George Lee, Andy Marsh, Andy Maybourn, Jerry Pitcher, Margaret Smith, Charles Trill, Graham West, Colin Woolley for their assistance in producing this feature

N.B This feature may include photographs published in the public domain by Social Media Network, where known credits are included

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