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Old 30th October 2019, 13:16
mpr41410 mpr41410 is offline  
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Back in the sixties, I always promised myself that I'd visit Grain again mainly because I wanted to live there at one time.
Finally made the trip this a.m., so glad I didn't settle there. Couldn't find the Cat and Cracker and most of the signs that there was once a major refinery there have also vanished.
Desolate is the word that springs to mind; worse than my home town of Abertillery in the Welsh valleys and that is the armpit of Wales.
Worst of all the lovely roads that I promised myself I'd thrash the old Lotus up and down are now covered by literally double figures of average speed recognition cameras so I had to pootle at under 64 klix. It's probably just as well I sold the Lotus.
Ho Hum. Bucket list is now one item shorter.
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Old 30th October 2019, 18:04
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Always was the back of beyond so nothing has changed !!
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Old 30th October 2019, 20:56
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not quite? I do not know the modern history: However is that war time mechant vessel, deliberately sunk in the medway channel in wwi because she was on fire/bombed and full of explosives? Is still in position, and a danger, as she was to visiting navigating vessels in and out of the IOG all those years ago.
Any later news???
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Old 30th October 2019, 21:04
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Still there waiting for Boris to build the new London Airport with Richard Montgomery sitting in the middle of the runway !
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Old 30th October 2019, 21:53
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Still there waiting for Boris to build the new London Airport with Richard Montgomery sitting in the middle of the runway !
You can get a boat tour out to the Richard Montgomery on the "Spirit of Sheppey" from the Isle of Sheppey in the summer. They also run out to the old Thames anti-aircraft forts.

I went back to IOG on a Tug about 5 years ago and they were busy bringing in granite to use for various construction projects up in London. I believe that the granite comes on a big bulker from the huge Glensanda quarry, across from Oban on the Scottish west coast.

Their latest project is stone and aggregate for the massive Thames Tideway tunnel , which will run under the Thames and carry all the sewage down to the treatment works. It is keeping the local Tug companies happy and the crews well busy. <smile>

Regards, Mike
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Old 30th October 2019, 21:56
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There was talk of cutting it up some years back don't think anything came of it.
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Old 30th October 2019, 23:57
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Is there not an LNG terminal there now ?
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Old 31st October 2019, 12:55
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If Abertillery is the Armpit of Wales, then Grain could be classed the Rectum of England.
The Cat & Cracker was demolished and replaced by housing in the 1980s, around the same time as the refinery. The Thamesport Container Terminal built on part of the refinery site is now a shadow of its former self since all the major container lines moved away. The large, oil-fired power station has been demolished. There is still a Foster Yeoman aggregates terminal, a two-berth LNG terminal, a gas-fired power station and an oil berth for a pipeline pumping terminal for aviation fuel.
Meanwhile RICHARD MONTOMERY still lies adjacent the navigation channel, full of bombs
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Old 31st October 2019, 23:56
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If Abertillery is the Armpit of Wales, then Grain could be classed the Rectum of England.
The Cat & Cracker was demolished and replaced by housing in the 1980s, around the same time as the refinery. The Thamesport Container Terminal built on part of the refinery site is now a shadow of its former self since all the major container lines moved away. The large, oil-fired power station has been demolished. There is still a Foster Yeoman aggregates terminal, a two-berth LNG terminal, a gas-fired power station and an oil berth for a pipeline pumping terminal for aviation fuel.
Meanwhile RICHARD MONTOMERY still lies adjacent the navigation channel, full of bombs
If an LNG tanker explodes, It will make a bigger bang than the Richard Montgomery , ever could have !
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Old 2nd November 2019, 20:27
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If you view the area using Google Earth, you can select Historical Imagery going back to 1940. Fascinating to see the changes over the years through the times I knew IoG (1971-1982) to what is there now.
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Old 8th November 2019, 00:43
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Isle of Grain

I was a BP nav apprentice 1956/60 and regularly called at IOG.

My memories are of hauling massive 6 inch mooring wires covered in yellow mud from the bottom off the wharf in howling winter gales - not fun.

in 1957/58 we were doing slow speed runs from IOG to Mena al Ahmadi via South Africa - I can remember a period of 7 - 1/2 months only stepping ashore to read the draft fore and aft - no shore excursions at either end of these voyages.

I think in those days the wharf at IOG could take around 10 tankers at a time.

A very bleak spot indeed.
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