Mid­way to the Med­way...

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TWO OF A CON­VOY of nine nar­row­boats head­ing for the River Med­way are dwarfed by cargo ves­sel Cym­be­line (11,866 tonnes, and as wide as a full length nar­row­boat is long!) as they pass the new Lon­don Gate­way cargo port near Can­vey Is­land on the lower Thames es­tu­ary.

The flotilla was one of the Thames tide­way trips or­gan­ised ev­ery year by St Pan­cras Cruis­ing Club, but the first time the Club has gone as far as the Med­way for 20 years. A de­par­ture from Bow Locks saw the boats take ad­van­tage of the early morn­ing falling tide down the Thames to moor overnight at the pon­toon moor­ings cre­ated at Gravesend for this pur­pose, be­fore con­tin­u­ing to near Southend (where the es­tu­ary is five miles wide) be­fore turn­ing into the Med­way and stop­ping overnight on the Swale.

A third day’s jour­ney car­ried on up the Med­way to moor in the shadow of Rochester Cas­tle, fol­lowed by a trip to the tide lock at Alling­ton for a month-long stay on the non-tidal river be­fore the re­turn jour­ney.

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