Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival, 27-29 May

Chatham Maritime Food and Drink Festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend on 27-29 May. It’s a free-to-enter three-day event featuring local artisan food and drink producers, live music in the bandstand, Dragon Boat racing, a funfair, watersports and a charity fun run. We’re going to be joined by 15 of the original Dunkirk Little Ships as part of their commemorative cruise. They’re all members of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships, and will be moored in Old Royal Dockyard Basin 1 in Chatham Maritime – a beautiful and inspiring sight. Owners will be on hand to chat to visitors about their very special boats during the festival. Everyone is welcome to a memorial service by the Ship and Trades pub on Sunday 28 May at 11am. We’ll also be joined by 20 Dutch barges from The Barge Association with members of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra doing some concerts on one of them on Saturday 27 May.

Classic Boats at Queenborough, Sat 8 Oct, 11.00

wheelCome and see 20 classic craft including tugs, sailing boats with traditional rigs and motor boats

Special! – enjoy a twenty-minute boat trip around the harbour with live commentary.

Crundalls Wharf, All Tide Landing, Queenborough

For further details phone 01795 662051

Acorn Shipyard on Fire

This morning the emergency services were called to a major fire at Acorn Shipyard on the Rochester side of the River Medway. There were reports of gas cylinders exploding. The fire was brought under control by 11.30.

Read more at Kent Online…

Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival, Queenborough, Sat 8 Oct

Queenborough Harbour Trust are organising a classic yacht & motor boat event open to all boats built or designed before 1970. We are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 2 nights for qualifying boats that register with us before 30th September.

Entries so far:

  • Kevayling – Freeman 30 (1968), Ray Chitty
  • Emanuel – 1928 Gaff Cutter, Robert Holden
  • Crow – 38ft Gaff Ketch, Robert Berk
  • Linnaea – Dauntless 20ft Gaff Rigged, Lena Reekie

If you would like to join-in please contact Mark on 0770 373 2774 or email operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

This event is being organised with the help of:

  • Brian Corbett – Medway Yacht Club & MSBA Vice Chairman
  • Yvonne Mitchell – Old Gaffers Association

Historic Tug Festival Cancelled

The Queenborough Harbour Trust regrets that the Historic Tug Festival that was to take place this weekend, 25/26 June, has had to be cancelled.

Why is Gosport Ferry in Stangate Creek?

Gosport FerryIt has nothing to do with the old Gosport ferry terminal pontoons being at Queenborough Harbour. According to Wikipedia, the ‘Portsmouth Queen’, built in 1966, was sold to Absolute Charters and left Gosport in February to start a new life on the River Thames in London. She will be renamed ‘London Queen’.

VIC 96 steams to Ostend

VIC96VIC 96, a WW2 Admiralty “puffer” was seen today under steam leaving Stangate Creek for Ramsgate, en route for the Ostend At Anchor classic boat event before going to Vlissingen. This year’s  trip will commemorate the voyage of the Defiance in May 1816, by Captain William Wager, who steamed from Margate to the Netherlands with the aim of introducing steam ships to Holland and Germany.

Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival, Queenborough Harbour, 8 Oct 2016

Queenborough Harbour Trust are organising a number of events with the purpose of generating interest in boats, boating and our local waters. One of these events will be a classic yacht & motor boat event open to all boats built or designed before 1970. If in doubt as to whether your boat qualifies please send a photo and a short description.

Without classic boats we will not have an event so we are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 2 nights for qualifying boats that register with us before 31st August. Registration is on a first come first served basis and we are able to accommodate approx. 30 boats (depending on size).

The harbour will be open to the public to view boats and meet the skippers and in addition we will be arranging a number of shore based activities.

This event is being organised with the help of:

  • Brian Corbett – Medway Yacht Club & MSBA Vice Chairman
  • Yvonne Mitchell – Old Gaffers Association

To register your boat for this event please call 0770 373 2774 or email operations@queenborough-harbour.co.uk

Tug Kent in dramatic helicopter rescue

A superb video by Ted Ingham

A man who had become ill on the tug Kent was rescued by a Coastguard helicopter near the Montgomery wreck on Monday. The veteran 1948 tug was returning from a maritime festival in Ipswich. Also on the scene were the Kent Police RIB and the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat. A pilot cutter also offered assistance. Your webmaster also happened to be passing and watched the drama unfolding from a distance. The casualty was treated on board the tug by a paramedic from the helicopter, then airlifted to Ashford. We understand that, happily, he has now been discharged.