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Queenborough (West Swale)

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Flag, Red Ensign


Queenborough Spit Buoy 51:25'.82N 000:43'.93E


Admiralty, 2572,1834, SC5606

Rules & Regulations

No anchoring in Channel, 8 Knts speed limit


Channel used by Coasters

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0135 at Queenborough. Data at Sheerness..MHWS 5.8m MHWN 4.7m MLWN 1.5m MLWS 0.6m   (links)

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General Description

Queenborough Harbour Office tel 01795 662051 mob 0745 6459754 VHF #08  

Queenborough is a small old town that perhaps has seen better days. It is reputed that Admiral Nelson kept a house here with his mistress Lady Hamilton. The town was once an important crossroads for shipping using the now defunct and silted up channels that enabled them to get to Sandwich and Dover via an "inland" route.(see history section).

Positioned as it is near the western mouth of the Swale it has proved very popular with yachtsman and motorboaters for an overnight stop. Regular forays are made from the Benfleet/Southend areas across the Thames estuary to spend a Saturday night tucked up at Queenborough. If on passage up the Thames, it can provide a very useful stopping place without making too much of a detour... ... read more


The approach to Queenborough is made after entering the River Medway at Sheerness. The approaches to the Medway and Sheerness are covered in a different article, the main thing of note is that the whole entrance to the Medway can get very busy with shipping. Sheerness itself is a big ship harbour and tugs are often in use pulling ships off the dock. The point is Sheerness will have to be passed to reach the western entrance to the Swale and due caution is required.

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Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring

Once in the Queenborough area lookout for yellow visitors mooring buoys on the eastern side before the floating jetty. There are also two large grey buoys near the end of the hard, and these are intended for rafting up on. The Hard extends a long way out, be careful not to foul it.

The moorings in the Swale off Queenborough are now run by the Queenborough Harbour Trust who collect the mooring fees and maintain them. The charge for a visiting boat on the moorings and concrete barge will be £14.00 per night at the weekends and £20.00 per night on the pontoon. You can pay these dues at the Harbour Office (tel no 01795 662051) at the end of the landing pontoon. There are now two Harbour Operators here who cover everything including the trot boat. They are stationed at the Harbour Office (when not in the taxi) and at other times is available on mobile 07456459754 or on VHF Channel 08. They have a website and there you can see what they are trying to achieve as well as good chartlets of the layout of the moorings. ... read more

Your Ratings & Comments

Update Spring 2016
Written by dononshytalk | 22nd Mar 2016
These notes were reviewed by Don in March 2016. The Harbour Trust has now gotten things running smoothly but you should still be patient at the weekends as it can get very busy. Prices have gone up a bit.
September 2014
Written by Johnr | 4th Sep 2014
We visited twice as a group of three boats from Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and the service was excellent. Friendly Phil in the water taxi when called up on Ch8, came over to take us to shore for a very good value carvery at the Flying Dutchman pub. Thanks Phil.
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Written by Blue Whale | 23rd Jun 2014
After mooring with à Sailing Yacht over 10 m the price for 2014 is 14 pounds. The Side say 12. Reqesting à watertaxi he was not able to us take to watch à football match at the pub with Some food to spend but hè was still operating until 7pm. This was not friendly at all. Sorry for the good intensions, Blue Whale
Update April 2014
Written by dononshytalk | 15th Apr 2014
These notes were reviewed in April with the assistance of the new "Deck Hand" Phil Shaw. Chris's query (below) about the break in the all tide landing has been clarified (it should be back in operation fairly soon) Note that the public showers are no longer available and that the QHT intends running the water taxi again this year (again, complimentary within the mooring charge) They have introduced a new scale of charges which means that boats less than 27ft will only be charged £10 - above that will still cost £12.00
Note also that the "Deck Hand" keeps a listening watch on VHF #08 when he's out on the water
Queenborough all tide jetty is now closed
Written by chrisbitz | 19th Jan 2014
The jetty was closed at the end of 2013, with a large section of pontoon at the end being removed. You can theoretically moor very temporarily to the remaining pontoon, but I don't know if that's allowed...?
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 25th Mar 2013
The notes for Queenborough were updated by Don T on the 25th March 2013. Since they took over the running of the moorings etc in 2012 most of the Harbour Trusts efforts have been directed at how to run the present facilities. They've completed the new Harbour Office at Crundells Wharf and are recruiting staff so by the end of the 2013 season will be in a position to assess what funds they have and what improvements they can afford. watch this space.
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