Cancelled: The Operations at the Port of Dover

Thu, 09/04/2020 - 19:00

Following the revised advice issued by the Government on 16 March this event has been cancelled.

Port of Dover is is one of the world's busiest passenger ports, with over 11.7 million passengers, 2.6 million lorries, 2.2 million cars and motorcycles and 80,000 coaches passing through it each year and the challenge of BREXIT. The port is being regenerated with new cargo terminals to the West and a new marina due for completion in the Spring of 2020.

All Ship-shape and Blackwall-fashion, Jeremy Batch

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 19:00

Next time you sail past the O2 "Dome" or fly over it on the cable-car, look to the opposite bank and you will see the site of the largest private dock in Europe, the birthplaces of the hydraulic crane and the modern lighthouse, the yards where "bad buoys were made good" and HMS Warrior was launched, and the wharf where Brunel’s first steamship had her engine installed.

UK Border Force

Thu, 13/02/2020 - 19:00

With small inflatable boats making their way across the English Channel we will get an insight as to how the UK Border Force deal with this problem and how we can help them.

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020

Time: 1900, talks start 2000

Venue for our Winter Warmers:

The Shetland Bus, Stephen Howarth

Thu, 09/01/2020 - 19:00

Operations were conducted from Lunna House, Shetland by Stephen’s father, Lieutenant Howarth, who ran the Shetland end of the operation. The crews of the Shetland Bus [Shetlandsgjengen] were men of the coast, fishermen and sailors with detailed local knowledge. Most came over after the occupation, some with their own vessels, others with vessels that were "stolen" with the owner's approval. They were young men, most of them in their twenties, some even younger.

Morning Star Trust

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:00

Launched in 1978, the 62-foot gaff ketch Morning Star is the oldest purpose-built sail training vessel in the UK and has been based in the Medway for her whole life. Currently operating from Chatham Maritime, MST offers voyages aboard Morning Star and her smaller sister Bright Star around the South and East coasts of England during term time. Going further afield in the summer, Morning Star competes in the international Tall Ships Race

Visit to the Bank of England, Past and Present

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:00

The Bank's headquarters have been in London's main financial district, the City of London, on Threadneedle Street, since 1734. It is sometimes known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, a name taken from the satirical cartoon by James Gillray in 1797

An audio-visual journey through the history of the Bank, its architecture and its work today and then ample time to view the museum.

The Life and Times of a Medway Pilot

Thu, 14/11/2019 - 19:00

David Lloyd will reminisce about his life and times as a pilot, picking up ships off of Ramsgate and advising the master of a safe route to the Medway. David's "home port" was Sheerness but other ports were served including Ridham Dock and we will hear of, "near misses" because the train had priority. David will describe a typical trip into the Medway and highlight occasional "difficulties" both with ships and Captains. There will be much for us to learn.

Modern RNLI operations, equipment and training

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 19:00

RNLI volunteer Colin Brown has been an active boating enthusiast, owning his own boat for most of his life, and the RNLI has always been close to his heart. Having the knowledge that they were always there should he ever have the misfortune to be in trouble whilst at sea has been very comforting. The RNLI story is one that captures audiences young and old. The presentation is a fast moving talk supported by video, slide and sound and tells the story of the modern RNLI operations, equipment and training.

East Coast Pilot

Thu, 11/04/2019 - 19:00

Dick Holness will update us, in his own inimitable style, on Imray’s East Coast Pilot which is put together by himself and Garth Cooper. Sadly, Colin Jarman who was the original inspiration behind the book died in 2017. The East Coast Pilot carries on, and has become the most popular pilot book for the creeks, harbours and rivers between Great Yarmouth and Ramsgate - Dick will talk about his further adventures in keeping it and its supporting web site up to date.

The History of Jeckells the Sailmakers

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 19:00

Chris Jeckells, MD of Jeckells the Sailmakers and 7th generation of the sailmaking family will be visiting to tell us more about the history of Jeckells, a company that has been going since 1832, and the modern methods of sail making, including different types of cloth, panel configuration, etc.