Sheerness Port: a video by Tea

the South Gate entrance to the docks

The South Gate entrance to the docks

The car journey around the modern port began at the other side of this wall, the South Gate entrance to the docks off High Street in Bluetown. The view seen on the video is out of the front window of the car.

The Boat House

The Boat House

The car paused and faced each of the old dock buildings which remain, scattered in amongst the new port facilities. Some of them are still used but for different purposes.

Frame Bending Shop

Frame Bending Shop

Police office & residencies & Commander of Dockyard residence

Police office & residencies & Commander of Dockyard residence

Andrew Liggett, Operations Manager of Peel Ports Medway, provides a running commentary on what can be seen now and two former employees in the naval dockyard, Louise Marsden and Marjorie Jenkins, are heard reminiscing about their time working in the tracing office and the foundry.

Garrison Point Sheppey

Garrison Point Sheppey

“Most of its (the garrison’s) first world war and second world war bits are still attached. It’s still used but there’s more to the fort than the circuit we are doing, there’s quite a lot underground, there’s a lot of tunnels underneath this building and you can go to about a mile, mile and a half.” Andrew Liggett

“The room itself was spectacular. When I walked in for the exam I was amazed, it was all glass, well not quite like you get today but broken up into panes and it looked out onto the garrison point and past there to Southend, it was a wonderful glorious view.” Louise Marsden

“I was in the foundry and one Saturday they were making a great big top of a boat as long as my house and it blew up and it had to be done the next week with lead…” Marjorie Jenkins