News: The modern name of Kent is derived from the Brythonic word kantos meaning "rim" or "border", or possibly from a homonymous word kanto "horn, hook"
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Offline Ted Ingham

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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2015, 22:10:08 »
Hello Conan,
The footage was taken from the shoreline at the end of the beach where the large sea defence rocks are situated at Garrison Point.
Luckily the Panasonic FZ 1000 has a good telephoto range and is fitted with an excellent stabilizer system but you definitely need
steady hands at full zoom (800mm) which was set on a lot of the filming.
The casualty was discharged from hospital yesterday evening.
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Ted

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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2015, 19:40:38 »
A fine bit of you tube footage, I like the comment about a steady hand. Was this filmed from the shore or were you afloat at the time?.

Do you have any news of the casualty?
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2015, 07:39:53 »
Whilst strolling along the promenade at Sheerness towards Garrison Point yesterday, I noticed the MT Kent inward bound in the Medway Channel with Sheerness Lifeboat and Kent Police Rib alongside.
The following unfolded:-

Sheerness All Weather Lifeboat launched at 171110BST AUG 15 to a report of a person collapsed onboard the MT Kent in the Medway Approach Channel. Lifeboat was on scene at 1129, also the Kent Police Rib and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 based at Lydd Airport. Sheerness Lifeboat remained on scene whilst the casualty was treated by the Helicopter Paramedic. The casualty was airlifted to Ashford hospital and the Lifeboat returned to station at 1222.



The new Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter base at London Ashford Airport started operations on Friday 14 August 2015.
Bristow Helicopters Ltd operate the SAR helicopter service on behalf of HM Coastguard after being awarded a ten year UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013.
The Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters in red and white HM Coastguard livery have already become a familiar sight with training operations from the base having commenced some weeks ago.
Manston was the first choice but has since closed.

The link to the video on my You Tube Channel is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqPHHE_CO70

Regards,
Ted


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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 11:29:04 »
Thanks, redge and Medway Buoy! I just could not believe that those windows were drawn by the same team that drew the barge - it was a bit like discovering a Victorian-style conservatory on the back of a 1960s semi...

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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 09:16:21 »
Just as a matter of interest, are those curves to the top of the windows original, or were the windows fully rectangular originally?

The curved windows in the wheelhouse are original but the wheelhouse is not original to the tug.
The Kent was launched in 1948 with an open wheelhouse as many of the ship-towing tugs were in those days. After about four years she was fitted with the wheelhouse you see today. The only refurbishment to it is the tongue and groove panelling at the front has been replaced. Not bad for sixty years in alll weathers.

Click the link below to see the Kent when launched.......................

http://riverman.gotdns.com/WebPics/kent_ab.jpg

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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2012, 13:03:04 »
Yes, They were built that way. Go to  www.riverman.gotdns.com   for more info.
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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 10:48:19 »
I couldn't tell you, maybe someone else knows.

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Re: MT Kent
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 10:33:58 »
Just as a matter of interest, are those curves to the top of the windows original, or were the windows fully rectangular originally?

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MT Kent
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 19:04:00 »
The Kent was built in 1948 by Richards Ironworks of Lowestoft for J. P. Knight, Rochester.

The Kent began her life on the Medway berthing ships in the Port of Rochester and Sheerness. When the BP Refinery opened at the Isle of Grain it was the Kent who assisted the first British Tanker onto the berth. Over the years she was deployed in various locations with spells in Scotland, coastal and near continental towing.

In the middle 1980s the Kent was taken out of service after working almost forty years. The Kent was secured on the moorings off Ship Pier, Rochester where she was illuminated with flood-lights and used for advertising the company of J. P. Knight. In 1991 the Kent was towed from the moorings and secured on the buoys off Thunderbolt Pier, Chatham Dockyard where she remained until 1995. In all this time there was no maintenance on board.

In October 1995 the South Eastern Tug Society (SETS) purchased the Kent from J. P. Knight for the sum of 1 on the understanding that she would be restored and preserved. A berth was found for her in No. 1 Basin, Chatham Dockyard (courtesy of Chatham Maritime), where the refurbishment was to take place. For the next 4years there was a LOT of hard work for the volunteers who had 13 years of rust and corrosion to clean and paint, plus inspection, repairs and preparation of the main engine and auxiliary engines.

In January 1999 the fruits of labour paid off with the first run of the Kent's main engine. A few weeks later she was under way in the basin for a trial run and a test for the steering gear. In May 1999 S.E.T.S. sailed the Kent on her first official trip from Strood to Sheerness.Since May 1999 the Kent has attended events at St. Malo, Ostend, Maassluis, Rotterdam, Dover, Great Yarmouth, Whitstable, barge races and regatta's on the River Thames.
(Info from: http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/SETS.html)

We were lucky to come across her today and were invited onboard to have a nose around  :)










 

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