The extraordinary life and loves of John Oliver, Rochester Library, 9 Oct

John Oliver on the tug Hobbit.

An illustrated talk by Frances Beaumont about John Oliver who was a tug man on ‘Hobbit’ on the River Medway for 40 years. John was born without hands and two short arms and became very adept with his feet. Many people in Medway knew him – he was quite a character. He was also a trained artist with an NDD and had many other jobs. Booking is essential for this free event at Rochester Library, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW on Wednesday 9 October from 2.30 to 4 pm. To book call 01634 337799.

Arrival of HMS Medway, Tues 17 Sept 2019

HMS Medway. Photo Royal Navy.

HMS Medway is expected to arrive at Chatham Docks at 1400 on Tuesday 17 September. After locking into Basin 3 via the Bullnose, the warship will proceed to Basin 2 in Chatham Maritime. On Sunday 22 September the ship will be open to visitors from 10am to 4pm but no visitors will be admitted unless they have booked in advance. Visits can only be booked via www.eventbrite.co.uk from Tuesday 17 September.  UPDATE: All tickets are “sold out” but teh Navy hopes to make more available.

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REYC Mary Cup Race, Sat 14 Sept

Fancy racing? Come out and join in.

ROYAL ENGINEER YACHT CLUB – MARY CUP RACE 2019
Run alongside Medway Cruising Club Gala on Saturday 14 September 2019. The first start is at 1000 hrs BST. The race is open to all comers! There are prizes for all classes. Entry forms, click here, are to be returned by 12th September. Sailing Instruction please click here. Please let us know if you wish to join in so that access at low water can be arranged.

UPDATE: There were six entrants and the winner was MSBA fan Clinton Lyon.

Wouldham/Halling Overhead Cable Works

Overhead works are scheduled to begin on or around 23 September 2019 across the River Medway between Wouldham Marshes and Halling, and will involve the replacement of an overhead power cable. River traffic will be monitored by a safety boat which will be on site whilst the cable pull takes place. Communications relevant to the works should be directed at the safety boat or Medway VTS on VHF Channel 74.

UPDATE 20 Sept: The work is now expected to be completed on or around 18 October. (Peel Ports Notice to Mariners No 25 of 2019)

Mike Sharratt

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Sharratt, who, together with his wife Barbara, founded Pirates Cave Chandlery in 1991.

Mike was well known throughout the local community, recognisable from both Pirates Cave and a member of various local clubs. After selling Pirates Cave in 2011 he and Barbara moved to the Isle of Wight, enjoying their retirement together, and of course, continued their trips overseas to enjoy sailing in a warmer climate.

Pirates Cave’s now Managing Director, Scott, once Saturday-boy for Mike & Barbara, remembers Mike fondly: “Mike was a true gentleman, always with a story to tell or advice to give. He had the ability to make everyone feel special and would always take an interest in everything you did. Working at Pirates Cave whilst a teenager wasn’t like work – it was an education – mainly in his beloved sailing grounds of the BVI! Over those years and since, Mike and Barbara became friends and I was pleased to make the trip to visit Mike just a couple of weeks ago. We often hear the quote from Mark Twain, and I’m sure Mike lived a life in accordance with it: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” All of our thoughts go out to Barbara and family at this difficult time.”

Commissioning Ceremony of HMS Medway, Chatham, 19 Sept 2019

HMS Medway.

HMS Medway will be formally commissioned during a visit to Medway in September and Mr Russell Race JP DL, the link Deputy Lieutenant for Medway, will represent the Lord-Lieutenant at the event, to be held at Chatham on 19 September 2019 at 09.45. Following the Commissioning Ceremony, HMS Medway will provide the Royal Navy with patrol capabilities in home waters or overseas.

UPDATE: On Sunday 22 September, the ship will be open to visitors at Chatham Maritime from 10am to 4pm. No visitors will be admitted unless they have booked in advance. Visits can only be booked online and will be available via the website www.eventbrite.co.uk from Tuesday, 17 September. Read more at Kent Online…

Rochester Pier closed until further notice

Rochester Pier is closed again pending repair. This time there’s a potentially serious issue that the concrete dolphin, which links the two brows, has broken and buoyancy has become compromised. There’s a possibility of the brows becoming twisted and causing damage to the pontoon.

UPDATE: Jetstream Tours (Jacob Marley) will be using Sun Pier instead until further notice.