EAW007284 ENGLAND (1947). The S.S. Stratheden in the Thames Estuary at The Lower Hope, Cliffe, 1947

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Title [EAW007284] The S.S. Stratheden in the Thames Estuary at The Lower Hope, Cliffe, 1947
Reference EAW007284
Date 24-June-1947
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Place name CLIFFE
Parish CLIFFE AND CLIFFE WOODS
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 570279, 177316
Longitude / Latitude 0.4518592287283, 51.468666572949
National Grid Reference TQ703773

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Cliffe Fort, built between 1861 and 1870 as part of the outer Thames defences against sea-bourne attack; this fort linked with Coalhouse Fort on the other side of the river in Essex, and Shornemead Fort, a mile or so up stream in Kent. The Fort was armed with two 12.5ins, nine 11ins and two 9ins guns: all were rifled muzzle loaders (RML). This was less than originally envisaged as the soft ground was causing the building to crack. Towards the end of the 19th Century, two launch ramps for Brennan torpedoes were installed, however these were taken out of service by about 1905. During WW1, two 6ins breech loading Mk VII guns were mounted on the roof, these were replaced by four quick firing guns towards the end of the War. The fort was disarmed in 1927. During WW2, two 4ins anti aircraft guns were mounted on the roof.

Kentishman
Saturday 26th of March 2016 09:55:10 AM
Cliffe cement works

Dylan Moore
Friday 25th of July 2014 01:50:52 PM
Remains of Nine Elms cement works

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Friday 25th of July 2014 01:49:50 PM

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Cliffe Fort, in addition to its existing armament, two Mk VII 6 inch guns were mounted on the roof during most of WW1. These were replaced by Quick Firing Guns towards the end of the War.

Kentishman
Saturday 26th of March 2016 10:11:52 AM
Background shows Cliffe Fort, two 4 inch anti aircraft guns mounted on the roof during WW2.

Kentishman
Saturday 26th of March 2016 09:58:01 AM


S S STRATHEDEN



Built in 1937 by Vickers-Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness,

launched on 10th June 1937 for the P&O Line, and her maiden voyage to Australia started on 24th Dec.1937



23,732 gross tons, length 664.5ft x beam 82.1ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw, speed 20 knots.



Accommodation for 530-1st and 450-tourist class passengers.



1939-1945 served as a troopship,

1946-47 reconditioned and resumed her P&O Line service in June 1947.



March 1955- involved in a rescue operation in the Mediterranean that went tragically wrong- giving assistance to Greek trawler Iason, the heavy seas caused the loss of 8 crew from Stratheden and 11 crew from Iason. Stratheden had launched four lifeboats which were fitted with engines (No 6, No 16, No 5, No 1 (query number 1. In the images there are 4 boats visible with engines, in positions 5,6,15,16)).



1964 Sold to John S. Latsis, Piraeus and renamed Henrietta Latsis

1966 renamed Marianna Latsis.

1969 Scrapped at Spezia (La Spezia, Italy)

totoro
Monday 27th of January 2014 06:21:53 PM