“Improvements to Commodore’s Hard The Strand”

“Improvements to Commodore’s Hard The Strand”

The MSBA is pleased to advise that Medway Council has secured some funding to undertake surface repairs to the slipway at The Commodore’s Hard. These improvements include constructing a concrete pad to complete the end of the access road where it meets the beach.
The concrete will be more resistant to the salt water and reduce future maintenance costs in addition to a hatched area to provide additional access for emergency vehicles.
These improvements will be undertaken during weekdays over the coming months but may mean the slipway is out of use for a couple of days at a time”

Can anyone help?

Very sorry to trouble you, but grateful for help, please?

I write for the magazine Bygone Kent and I am researching Charles Cooper who used to own Cooper’s Boat Yard, Mercer Wharf and worked at Richardson’s Wharf. Described by many as a veteran boat builder, among other things he converted ( in 1930 )  at an ex Royal Naval vessel for Commander Charles Lightoller a surviving officer of the Titanic. 

I have tried without success to find any surviving family members of Charles Cooper 1881-1966 who may have photographs of Charles.  Pre war Charles also converted a boat for William Joyce ( Lord Haw Haw ) at Conyer. It was seized at Dover after transmitting equipment had been installed after leaving Conyer.

Grateful for any help please? I wondered if you or some of your members/workers may have known Charles Cooper.

Thank you and sorry again for troubling you.



Mike Gunnill


Around Britain Circumnavigation

Three boats from Lower Halstow Yacht Club (one sailed by the new MSBA webmaster) will be setting off in the next couple of days on a circumnavigation of Great Britain, a voyage of over 2000 miles. Follow our progress here https://lhyc.org.uk/gb24/ It is hoped that the trip will raise some funds to support the Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat 200 year appeal. Visit the Just Giving page here to donate.

Jeddo is sailed by MSBA Webmaster, David Metcalfe.