TQ5179 : River Thames: Abandoned ferro-concrete barges

taken 7 years ago, near to Erith, Bexley, Great Britain

River Thames: Abandoned ferro-concrete barges
River Thames: Abandoned ferro-concrete barges
There are 16 of these ferro-concrete barges beached and abandoned on the muddy foreshore next to Rainham Marshes on the Erith Reach of the River Thames. The general consensus of opinion is that they were built to assist in the Normandy D-Day landings of June 1944, and were constructed of concrete reinforced with steel because of the wartime shortage of steel plate. However my co-Geographer David Kemp thinks otherwise TQ5180 : Ferro-concrete barges, Rainham waterfront. What is not in dispute is the fact that the barges form an unusual and rare habitat for various birds including water and meadow pipits.
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Date Taken
Monday, 22 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 29 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5158 7994 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.8849N 0:10.9392E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5162 7992
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Barges (Disused)  River Thames  Mud 

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