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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 01:47:53 »
The naval sub-establishment on the eastern end of Gillingham Pier was for Admiralty Yard Craft Service vessels serving the ships on trots down the river. There was also a 'river bus' running from there to the dockyard at Sheerness.

The iron structure in the picture is the base for a navigation marker.

There are the remains of a dock behind Steelfields. Fairmile launches (I'm assuming you mean the B Type Motor Launches, rather than the Fairmile C type Motor Gun Boats or the D Type Motor Torpedo Boats) were shipped in kit form from the Fairmile factory to yacht builders all over the country. Each kit took up about 6 truck loads. This begs the question, did they assemble them there or was it a Coastal Forces base?
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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2009, 18:30:37 »
I don't know what it is, but that area used to be known as Fairmile Wharf after the Fairmail launches the navy used to use. Older folks could remember loads of them down there. Don't know if it was a Naval sub-establishment of the big local bases or if there was a civvi builder of the launches there. I remember another local Naval sub-establishment on the eastern arm of Gillingham Pier.

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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2009, 21:00:49 »
Yes, its on a reinforced piece of land with a narrow wharf on one side off of Owens Way and there are lots of bits of old wall in the undergrowth although none nearby this contraption.

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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009, 20:43:09 »
There used to be several cement works and wharfs in that part of Gillingham by the river.

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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009, 14:23:02 »
Thats very close to some rermaining WWII trenches.  there was a spigot mortar near there too!

I don't know what it is, spent my childhood walking along there and never seen it before  o:)

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Re: Navigation Marker
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2009, 12:24:31 »
Base for a navigation mark?

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Navigation Marker
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2009, 12:03:08 »
Found this yesterday on the spit of land at Gillingham by the roundabout at the bottom of Yokosuka Way.






 

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