The boats at dusk

The Kent was built in 1948 by Richards Ironworks of Lowestoft for J.P.Knight of Rochester, Kent.

  • Length 88 feet / 27 metres,
  • Beam 22 feet / 6.7 metres,
  • Draught 11 feet 6 inches / 2.8metres .
  • 121 Tons Gross
  • British Polar 5 cylinder diesel, 850bhp. 

The Fearnought was built in 1966 for J.P.Knight in Rochester, Kent.

  • Length 41 feet 9 inches /  12.65 metres
  • Beam  11 feet / 3.33 metres
  • Draught  5 feet / 1.54 metres
  • 16 GRT
  • 1 scr. Diesel Gardenr 110 bhp

Christmas 2013

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This web site is my tribute to the South Eastern Tug Society, the men who restored the boats and continue to maintain them, and the boats that they work on - the motor tugs Kent and Fearnought.
All the photographs on this site were taken by me and copyright rests with me.  If you want to use any of them, please ask me here

The tugs are based in Basin No.1 at Chatham Marina in Kent.  They take part in events throughout the year, and every Tuesday and Saturday morning the volunteers will be pleased to show interested people around and talk about the boats.

The Kent is a well known attraction at various festivals around the east coast of England, and across the sea in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In 2012 the Kent was part of the Queen's Diamond
Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and in 2013 the Kent and the Fearnought were performers in "The Ships Opera" also on the Thames in the Pool of London.

Every Christmas the boats are decorated for the season
and create a bright and welcome show of colours which reflects on the water.   The picture on the right was taken in 2011, that on the left was taken this year.  The blue lights are on the Fearnought.

Christmas 2011


January 4th - 12th
The London Boat Show at the ExCel London. 
The Kent will be moored at the pontoon there, ready to welcome Boat Show visitors.

Every Tuesday and Saturday morning,
when the boats are not on a trip, maintenance work is done.  The people working on board welcome interested visitors who would like to have a look around and ask questions about the boats.

More events to be announced later.

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