Geoff Reed of Queenborough Harbour Trust announced today that the bridge is back in place and the harbour is open for business as usual.
The harbour will be closed from the evening of this THURSDAY 15th November for up to 2 weeks. The next stage of works involves removing the link span bridge from the walkway to allow the repairs to be made. The team will still be available up at the South Street office and via the normal lines of communication. We will have a trot boat up the creek to enable us to still make checks on your moorings and vessels.
There are big changes going on at Queenborough Harbour. Peel ports have issued a notice to mariners: NtoM No 29 of 2018 (Updated) – Queenborough Harbour Lifting of Commercial Moorings and Laying of New Yacht Moorings
Note the main around the Island race this year is on SUNDAY 9 September. Full details at www.iossc.org.uk/islandrace
Message from Queenborough Harbour Team: Unfortunately there will be NO trot boat running this weekend (11+12 August) due to mechanical issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are trying everything in our power to rectify this.
UPDATE: The trot boat now has a new engine and is operational again.
Harbour Manager Emma Crompton tells us what happened. On the afternoon of 25 June, an alert mooring holder at Queenborough Harbour spotted three chaps in an inflatable dinghy removing an outboard from another boat. The harbour team quickly came over in the trot boat while the police were called. One of the thieves disembarked with the outboard in the mud by the coal washer, only to drop it in his struggle to get ashore. The other two went back to the slipway but when they saw the police they headed back to the coal washer area where they abandoned the dinghy. Their two vehicles contained marine equipment stolen from Devon the night before, though the three suspects, who were subequently arrested, were from Kent, though not local. The inflatable dinghy had been stolen from the tender park in March! Emma and some helpers managed to recover the outboard from the mud before the tide claimed it – see photo.
This just shows how brazen the thieves are and how important it is to be alert to suspicious activity.
We have been advised by Emma Crompton the Harbour Manager that this morning they have a crane (shore-side) to lift the bridge, then the walkway, so they can re-position the floats. A team has been working through the night fabricating new brackets to go on today which, if all goes to plan, will be welded into place to stop the float coming free again. They have also positioned an additional float to provide extra support to the extremely heavy bridge.
While these works are carried out the walkway is unsafe and therefore closed. If anyone URGENTLY needs to access the ATL or pontoon they should contact Emma on 07456 459754.
UPDATE: The walkway is now open again.
The festival is open to any boat, large or small, designed or built before 1970 – wood, steel, aluminium, fibreglass, ferro cement, sail, power, steam or other, the bigger the variety of boats the better the show. If in doubt as to whether your boat qualifies please email a photo and a short description.
Without classic boats, we will not have a festival, so we are delighted to offer free berthing for up to 5 nights for qualifying vessels that register with us before 31 August.
You must register by email and have received a confirmation email to attend. To register your Classic Boat please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors (by foot)
Entry is FREE, the harbour will be open to the public to view the boats and meet the skippers. In addition, we plan to run passenger trips around the harbour and visit classic boats on their moorings. Last year almost 1000 people attended and the atmosphere was terrific.
Friday 28th Most of the Classic Boats arrive in harbour
Sat 29th Festival open 10am to 5pm
Sun 30th Festival open 10am to 2pm
We hope you can join us in making this 3rd festival even better than last year and a regular feature in the boating calendar.