After a good night’s sleep, a very exhilarating trip down to Queenborough.
The computer centre. GPS and chart plotter on the left (my laptop). Andy’s (on the right) was tuned to shipfinder, to pick up details (via AIS) from other ships.
Tall ship Alexander von Humboldt II, dropping off their pilot as they pass through Gravesend.
It took about 20 minutes for all the boats to get safely away from the pier, so we executed the “racetrack” manoeuvre, which involved boats rounding up and stemming the tide (running at about 3 kts) to hold position. The boats on the left have turned, those on the right have yet to turn.
And here is a video taken from GERTRUDE of us whizzing downstream at about 7 knots
Quite a strong tidal set, as we approach HIGHAM buoy.
One of my better side from Sheila on BLEASDALE (more here)
Here’s a photo taken from the beach in Shoeburyness. Thanks to Andrew C for sending it! We are about half-way between Southend Pier (on the right) and the tall chimney. Range 3.1nm or about 5,700 metres!
Here is a cropped and enlarged version.
Medway VTS – reassuring to see Garrison Point again. Also the ex-ferry terminal at Sheerness.
The other eight boats in one shot. Line astern behind us are BLEASDALE, PANACEA, KETURA and JOSEPH, as we turn left / south towards the Swale. ZAVALA leads the boats carrying on to Rochester, followed by FLORA DORA, GERTRUDE and DRAGONFLY. Southend is in the distance!
Hilary and Tony (sister and brother-in-law) came to welcome us in. Here’s a couple they took from the bank, as we came into sight.
And here I am, trying to find them on the bank (Andy’s photo)
You can just see the narrowboats here – we’ve walked around the coner towards the old oil terminal (?)
A quite sizeable passing boat, on its way up the Swale and through the road/bridge at Kingsbridge.
Continue to day 3 – Queenborough to Rochester