Sunday, 9 August 2015

Riverside - north of the river and east of the Tower. Tilbury Ness

Riverside north of the river and east of the Tower
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Dock entrance area and surrounding parts of the dock. Plus a riverside warning beacon

Post to the north - Tilbury Dock, north end
Post to the east Tilbury Docks
Post to the south Northfleet
Post to the west Botany Marshes

Thames
This stretch of river is Northfleet Hope

Tilbury Docks
Dock Entrance.  This was built in 1929 and supplemented the original entrance to the east. It was the largest dock entrance in the Port of London at 1.000 feet long. It is now the only entrance tithe dock.  It had a double leaf rolling lift bridge and a lock. The new locks allowed Tilbury to take the "Panamax" ships coming into use then - Panamax means the largest ships able to get through the Panama Canal. It now has a moveable flood barrier.
Moles – there are concrete ‘moles’ either side of the entrance.  They are breakwaters to stop damage to the container port
Cargo Jetty. This is 1,000 feet long and dates from 1926. It is a double-decked structure  In 1956 equipment was installed so that ships could pause at the jetty to discharge natural rubber latex by a 325-foot pipe-line to seven storage tanks. The jetty keeps clean because of scour and thus saves dredging costs. 
London Container Terminal.  This is an 84 acre site with two Riverside Berths and an enclosed dock berth. It includes Northfleet Hope House. It dates from 1978 and was financed by the Port of London Authority and the shipping line ACTA. It has a 1,000-feet-long riverside berth built on reclaimed land built to handle refrigerated cargoes.


Tilbury Ness
Gibbets – it is possible that this is where dead pirates were gibbeted
Beacon. Northfleet Hope Traffic Warning Light is at the eastern end of Tilbury Cargo Jetty in position. It is activated by London VTS to warn river traffic approaching Tilburyness from the east of vessels at Tilbury Dock Lock. Tilburyness Light was first set up in 1859: It was removed in 1931 and replaced by a light on a diamond shape

Sources
Bird. Geography of the Port of London.
London Container Terminal. Web site
Port Cities. Web site
Port of London Authority. Web site
Port of London. Magazine.
Thurrock Council. Web site
Where Thames Smooth Waters Run. Web site

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