Having a dull moment just now, I am having another go at oil painting and as the sun has moved around the view of St Georges from our kitchen means the sun is shining to close to straight at me to paint.
Anyway I had a bit of a delve of the What Do They Know website and found a freedom of information request that interested me.
The request asked how much the council got for selling the dredger and how much it had cost to dredge the port and harbour afterwards.
here is the gist of the answer:
The price achieved for the sale of the dredger 'Ramsgate' in 2008 was £66,000.
Summary - Dredging costs 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Royal Harbour 70,972.17 198,922.00 113,624.00 66,722.34 159,650.82
Port 529,159.00 249,975.30 92,151.75 396,070.50 41,422.39
TOTAL 600,131.17 448,897.30 205,775.75 462,792.84 201,073.21
The latest bathymetric surveys can be viewed on the Port of Ramsgate website at
The rest of the info is at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dredging_of_the_royal_harbour_ra#comment-49070
as I am not sure how the post will appear on the net I am publishing it now and then will write some more
Anyone got any better idea?
I guess the problem with this one is it doesn’t tell us what the total dredging costs were before they sold the dredger, although as I would assume it had around three people running it and a bit of maintenance it would have cost in the region of £60,000 per year and I guess there would have been the occasional need to hire a big suction dredger every few years to give the port a good extra going over.