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Thames and Estuary (Sailing Directions and Charts)

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign




Tidal Streams: NP249 Navigation: Admiralty, 1607, 1183, 1185, 2484

Rules & Regulations


Shipping using well defined narrow channels, Sandbanks (Hard Sand !), Windfarms, Featureless Landscape

Tidal Data Times & Range

Sheerness: HW Dover +0130 , MHWS 5.8m MHWN 4.7m, MLWN 1.5m, MLWS 0.6m

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General Description

The Thames Estuary is an absolutely vast expanse of water punctuated by shallows and channels. It is more than adequately described in the "Approach" section that follows, but this was written more for big ship mariners...continue here for information designed for small craft mariners.

In this particular area it's essential to have totally up to date charts, as buoyage is changing, and wind farms are springing up frequently. ... read more


Plan...This sector describes the estuary of the River Thames and the outer passages between Orford Ness and North Foreland. Also included is a description of the channels through the estuary and along the adjacent coasts. The general descriptive sequence is from seaward to the entrance of the River Thames.

General Remarks ... read more

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