Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Ramsgate and Margate Harbours Helicopters and Coal

 Back in the day Ramsgate Harbour had two different entrances to the inner basin from the outer harbour.
 much of the shipping was colliers as coal was the main fuel.
 Click on the pictures to expand them.
 Although after about 1700 Ramsgate was the main harbour before that I think it was mostly Margate

 Back in the day the main purpose of  inner basin at Ramsgate was to provide a head of water for the sluice gates that cleared the silt from the outer basin
 OK for hardy fishing boats but not so good for leisure boats - going down onto whatever was in the bottom of the harbour when the level went down to run the sluices.
 This is the steam train on Margate Harbour wall
 and here is a collier "Grace" actually (but how much do you want to know?" delivering coal to Margate
 another one here, not sure of its name
 "Aquitey" I think at Margate
 "Sincerity" at Margate
 Note all the barges in this one
 and this, not fishing smack but barges again
and as promised helicopter at Margate

Lunch painting at the Pav aka Wethersoons for me

Lots of books went out in the bookshop today, a fair bit of local history among them

this is the link to the pictures of them

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