The Port of Richborough

Posted on March 28, 2015

I have been reading about The Port of Richborough in Sandwich which has generated some ideas….

The port of Dover was used primarily to recover casualties and Folkestone was used to ferry drafts across the channel. Neither of these ports were able to deal with the huge quantities of logistics which is why Richborough port was built.
Its really interesting that the Port of Richborough was a highly secret government facility built to transport soldiers, ammunition, tanks, horses, rations and fuel. It was called a secret Q port which was built by the banks of the River Stour. This was the starting point of a roll on and off ferry service for groups and munitions to France and the Flanders. This all sparks some ideas of using the idea of ‘secret’ in the project in some way.

Thousands of soldiers were taken day and night across the North sea to Dunkirk and Calais.

By 1918 the port handled 30,000 tons of traffic a week and 242 barges were employed. 60 miles of brad gauge were laid and the seaport was an area of 2,000 acres.

Apparently on google earth it is possible to see a few traces of the port left. It is these traces that we are interested in going to see. The access to the port area is now restricted as Pfizers now own the land but i have read that you can access it by boat!

Ideas at this stage are to find as many traces of the buildings and ferry service around Pegwell Bay and to document and map them through photography and location drawing. Could the idea of an animation documenting this hidden port and ferry service going back and forth with all the cargo be possible?