Tilbury Gets A New Ferry

08/07/17 Tilbury Ferry

A NEW operator took  over the historic Tilbury Ferry service in May 2017.

The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel.

It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries – in the 1990s under the name Martin Chuzzlewhit.

The Medway-based company has been awarded a temporary contract to operate the service and is maintaining the same six day timetable as before.

It was  the end of an era for regular users of the service when the previous operator’s boat carried out her final service.

Duchess M, belonging to Captain John Potter’s Lower Thames and Medway Passenger Boat Company, had been working the crossing since 2002. She had originally been a Gosport ferry under the name Vesta.

Curiously the vessel is a trimaran fast-ferry, but given the route is only takes a few minutes to cross, it is unlikely to ever go fast. It has a capacity for 50 passengers.

I must say that even on a very calm day on the Thames, it did rock and roll a bit. It is also easy to bump your once head inside, on the low ceiling.

I fully appreciate that 99.9 per cent of you reading this are not remotely interested, but Tilbury is my local port.

Malcolm

New Tilbury Ferry slide-show: HERE

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2 Responses to “Tilbury Gets A New Ferry”

  1. Malcolm Oliver Says:

    It’s a nice little shortcut across the Thames for those who live locally. The nearest Thames crossing (Dartford Tunnel/Bridge), designed for vehicles, not people is a few miles away.

  2. Edwin Todd Says:

    A canny looking little vessel Malcolm.

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