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Balmoral 2016

White Funnel Line

27th June 2016 Cruise:-  Gravesend - Southend - Chatham - Round Sheppey - Southend - Gravesend

IMO number: 5034927 - Name of ship: BALMORAL - Call Sign: MDMZ - Gross tonnage: 735
Type of ship: Passenger Ship - Year of build: 1949 - Flag: United Kingdom

This page is under construction

This page shows images from the Balmoral cruise from Gravesend - Southend - Chatham - Round Sheppey - Southend - Gravesend. I joined and left Balmoral at Southend.

To sail on Balmoral contact:- http://www.whitefunnel.co.uk/


Sections on this Page:-
Southend Pier
Southend - Chatham
Isle of Sheppey
Queenborough - Southend

Great Yarmouth

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Balmoral Photos - 2006: Thames 4: June 29th 2006 - Tilbury-Whitstable-Tilbury
Balmoral Photos - 2007: Thames 1: June 26th 2007 - Clacton-Southwold-Great Yarmouth
Balmoral Photos - 2007: Thames 2: June 29th 2007 - Tilbury
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Balmoral Photos - 2007: Thames 5: July 9th 2007 - Tower Bridge & Tower Pier, London
Balmoral Photos - 2007: Thames 6: July 10th 2007 - Tilbury-Southend-Rye
Balmoral Photos - 2009: Thames 1: July 7th 2009 - Clacton-Southwold-Great Yarmouth
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Southend Pier

This page shows images from the Balmoral cruise from Gravesend - Southend - Chatham - Round Sheppey - Southend - Gravesend. I joined and left Balmoral at Southend. Due to repair works on Southend Pier, there were no pier trains running.

To sail on Balmoral contact:- http://www.whitefunnel.co.uk/


Southend Pier - RNLI hovercraft & RIB
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Southend Pier and repairs under way
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No trains today
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Southend Pier replacement transport for those unable to walk the world's longest pier
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Balmoral arriving at Southend Pier
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Southend-Chatham

The oil-fired Grain and coal-fired Kingsnorth power stations were both being demolished in 2016.


Only the impressive chimney of Grain oil-fired power station remains in June 2016
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The rail-connected cross-channel ferry pier of Port Victoria was situated near this current pier
Ferries also ran across the Medway to Queenborough, also rail-connected
Gas-fired power station in the background
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Kingsnorth oil-fired power station appears intact in this view
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However demolition is well advanced at Kingsnorth when viewed from behind
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Siwertell ship unloader at Kingsnorth Power Station jetty
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New gas-powered station at Kingsnorth
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PS Medway Queen

As we approached the berth at Chatham we passed the PS Medway Queen.


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Chatham

We picked up passengers at Chatham but the passengers had to return by bus from Gravesend.


Picking up passengers at Chatham
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Isle of Sheppey Circumnavigation



The hamlet of Shellness at the start of the Swale channel
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The entrance to Faversham Creek from the Swale
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Thames barge Mirosa in the Swale
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Queenborough-Southend

Balmoral was early after her trip along the Swale so she diverted past the Robert Montgomery on the way back to Southend. The SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship built during World War II, one of the 2,710 used to carry cargo during the war. The ship was wrecked off the Nore sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near Sheerness, England in 1944 with around 1,400 tonnes of explosives on board, which continue to be a hazard to the area.



SS Robert Montgomery
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