Northfleet Harbour is the site of what is the most exciting opportunity for a Thames Marina and maritime centre on the Thames. This fully intact harbour could be home to hundreds of yachts and powerboats as well as dozens of historic ships, boat sales, repairs and a whole maritime leisure, sporting, heritage industry. Situated just 5 mins from Ebbsfleet International Railway Station this puts Northfleet Harbour 25mins from Kings Cross, London and just a couple of hours from mainland Europe and Paris.
Northfleet Harbour in the 1950's
This picture shows the huge size of the harbour,
although tidal in this picture with the introduction of a lock gate it will have a retained depth of 5 metres in places which will make for a very usable facility.
Northfleet Harbour is situated a few miles up
stream of Gravesend just before Swanscombe
Peninsular at 51.450423,0.327787
From the river it is SW of the Tilbury Docks
entrance on the South of the river.
From the land it is in Northfleet at the bottom of
College Road parallel with The Creek. From the
train it is 5 mins walk from Ebbsfleet International.
Northfleet Harbour Marina ( Ebbsfleet International 's marina)
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust has been set up to
reverse the decline and decades of neglect of Northfleet
Harbour and to bring it back into use, we will be looking to reopen the harbour to the River Thames by creating an opening in the flood wall that cuts across the entrance, once open the harbour will be home to employment, boat repairs, historic sailing ships, marina services, heritage interpretation, education and much much more.
This website gives a flavour of a truly unique historic asset which when restored will create a much needed maritime centre on the lower reaches of the Tidal Thames, please take a moment to bookmark this site and when you get time have a look at the gallery and the rest of the website to get an idea of the size of the harbour, the vessels it has and can cater for and some of the rich heritage showing how the site has been used by mariners since Roman times and possibly earlier.
Currently the Lower Thames has very limited resources with no public slipways, small boat repair facilities, walk on walk off public landing stages, fueling, victualling, historic ship moorings, this Historic Harbour's restoration would change all that.
If you would like to help see this valuable but forgotten harbour back in use for boat repairs, training, education, marina usage, clubs, youth, historic vessels, traditional boat building, sail making, heritage, tourism and I am sure the list could go on, please get in touch and lend your support to Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, contact Conrad Broadley 0756 219 4757 email@example.com.
Now is the time to register any interest in use whether as business,marina operator, historic ship, community enterprise or leisure mooring, but also equally important it is time to show your support whether simply a comment on the comments page, letters of support, funding or a more active involvement, it all helps.
We could get several nice size historic ships on this quay
A whole Harbour of maritime opportunity just waiting to be used.
Since the harbour was blocked off it has silted over and become overgrown, even without desilting there is still a good 3ms depth on this harbour wall.
This is the flood defence wall where the lock gate will go, note its high tide on the Thames side of the wall as can be seen by the ship passing by.
This stretch of harbour wall is where the Elizabethan Hall Orme House was situated.
The harbour at high tide, the lock gate will keep a very user friendly harbour all year round.
For more pictures please have a look at the gallery.
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