SE Tugs have booked the 1948 motor tug Kent into the Maritime Festival in Ipswich on the weekend of 18-19 August. The Ipswich Maritime Festival features heritage vessels, tugs, tall ships etc and takes place on Ipswich Waterfront. Acivities include:
- Pirate & Sailor theme
- Programmed stage of live entertainment (fully programmed all day both days)
- Street entertainers
- Food market
- Craft stalls
- Re-enactment activities and displays
- Face painting, glitter tattoos
- Funfair rides
- Fireworks – Saturday night at 9:45pm
In recent gales, the stern section of the old sailing barge Westmoreland, berthed at Lower Halstow, broke away and “sailed” round to Funton Creek, just south of Chetney Hill, where it has joined the remains of other once-pround sailing vessels. Nick Ardley comments, “Sad, very sad, but interestingly she seemed to know her way towards sisters of the tideway within this area… ”
The wreck of the main part of the barge (in a sunken dock) is marked by a yellow buoy in Halstow Creek
Notice to Mariners about the wreck
Thanks to Kevin Thorton for the photo and track image.
Brian Corbett, our chairman, and the flag officers of the Medway Yacht Club would like to open up this Surf and Turf dinner at the clubhouse to kindred clubs and all members of the MSBA. If you are able to join us at 7pm on Saturday, 17 March 2018, please book with the MYC office, 01634 718399.
Garlic King Prawns on Toasted Onion Bread
Sirloin Steak with Chips, Tomato, Mushroom, Onion Rings & Peas, served with Peppercorn or Stilton Sauce
Gin & Elderflower Cheesecake or Creme Brulee
Coffee & Mints
To keep up with all that’s going on in our region visit the RYA L&SE web pages
Peel Ports advise that the planned bridge inspection for 5-8 March 2018 has been POSTPONED FURTHER until 26-29 March. This inspection will be undertaken by KCC contractor and will involve the use of a moving gantry to inspect the underside. Mariners are warned that the use of this equipment will restrict the available clearance. A watch will be maintained throughout the operation and the gantry will be moved to one side to allow the passage of vessels. Further information may be obtained from Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74 or telephone 0151 949 6656.
Capt Ian Clark of Peel Ports has confirmed that the demolition of the chimney has been postponed to 10:00 on Thursday 22 March because of the severe weather. All other information remains the same.
There is nothing… absolutely nothing, half-so-much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Appropriately, those words were first published in 1908, the year that the Cruising Association was founded based on a different book: “Cruising for 100 Years” by Brian Hammett and with additional material provided by many other members, this is Jeremy’s adaptation of the story of the CA over the past 110 years, told against the background of a century of developments in leisure boating and marine technology including: how a melted ice- cream led to an invention which has been blessed – and cursed – by every CA member [and it wasn’t the freezer] and how “the most valuable cargo we ever sent to America” can now be found on many of our homes
The Cruising Association Kent Section Winter Warmers are held at 8pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, ME17 2PG, which is 8 miles east of Maidstone, just off the A20 in the village square. All are welcome. There is a small charge of £3. Many eat beforehand and it helps speed up service if you telephone the pub on 01622 858219 and order your meal before 5pm.