EAW007290 ENGLAND (1947). The S.S. Stratheden in the Thames Estuary by Cliffe Fort, Cliffe, 1947

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Title [EAW007290] The S.S. Stratheden in the Thames Estuary by Cliffe Fort, Cliffe, 1947
Reference EAW007290
Date 24-June-1947
Place name CLIFFE
Easting / Northing 570316, 177125
Longitude / Latitude 0.45229942324466, 51.466939433304
National Grid Reference TQ703771


2-ft tramway moving coal and cement between the cement plant and the new wharf.

Dylan Moore
Monday 10th of July 2023 05:28:50 PM
Cliffe new wharf. This replaced the old wharf and ropeway in the 1930s, and was served by a 2-ft tramway.

Dylan Moore
Monday 10th of July 2023 05:26:43 PM
Pylon of disused ropeway.

Dylan Moore
Monday 10th of July 2023 05:24:26 PM
Cliffe old wharf. For import of coal and export of cement, connected to the cement plant by ropeway.

Dylan Moore
Monday 10th of July 2023 05:23:02 PM
Another launch slip for the Brennan Torpedo added subsequently.

Sunday 19th of August 2018 09:58:06 AM
Two coasters being loaded with cement, or possibly unloading coal.

Saturday 18th of March 2017 04:07:02 PM
Launching slip for a Brennan torpedo

Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:54:55 PM
Cliffe Fort was in service from 1870 to 1927. It was built following the ‘Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom’ report of 1860, to protect the lower Thames from naval attack together with Coalhouse Fort in Essex and Shornmead Fort, upstream in Kent (see image EAW045337) . The planned armament was for 38 guns of which 2 would be to protect against a land attack. Subsidence problems encountered during the build lead to a revision giving, by 1887, two 12.5 inch plus nine 11 inch rifled muzzle loading (RML) in casemates within the fort and two 9 inch RMLs in an open battery upstream of the fort. Optical range finders were mounted on the fort’s roof. At some time after 1887, two slipways were built for launching Brennan torpedos, described elsewhere as the World’s first guided missile. After 1895, emplacements were added to the roof to accommodate three 3 pdr quick-firing guns (QF). Four 11 inch guns had been removed and one of the 9 inch guns (possibly as part of the alterations required to install the Brennan torpedos, as one magazine had been converted to an engine room for these?). The three 3pdr QF guns were later replaced by four 12 pdr QF guns. In World War 1, the four 12 pdr QF guns were replaced by two 6 inch breech loading Mark VII guns on the roof, which in turn were replaced by four QF guns towards the War’s end. While the fort was disarmed in 1927, during WW2, two 4 inch anti-aircraft guns were stationed on the fort’s roof in adapted positions. Source: Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliffe_Fort

Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:53:24 PM
Cliffe cement works

Dylan Moore
Friday 25th of July 2014 01:14:17 PM

User Comment Contributions

Two anti-aircraft guns were mounted on the fort's roof during WW2. The fort was also used by the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service.

Monday 20th of March 2017 01:45:51 PM