TQ7779 : Marshes, Egypt Bay

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from St Mary Hoo, Medway, Great Britain

Marshes, Egypt Bay
Marshes, Egypt Bay
Egypt Bay was a popular spot for unloading smuggled goods in the past. It was also the mooring spot for Napoleonic prison ships.
Curlews, Convicts and Contraband
Curlews, convicts and contraband is a new walking route on the Hoo peninsula; it is a seven-mile walk from the village of High Halstow across the North Kent Marshes to Egypt Bay.
It has a logo of a Curlew, see TQ7877 : Logo, Curlews, Convicts & Contraband.
Two hundred years ago the shoreline was a favoured landing spot for smugglers, their ships were painted black to avoid detection and flash lights were used to coordinate the operations. Many wagons and horses would be lined up to carry the goods through the darkened villages to London.
A hundred years later prison ships were moored offshore at Egypt Bay, this gave Dickens inspiration for Abel Magwitch, the villain who flees from a prison ship across the marshes in Great Expectations.
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TQ7779, 48 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 6 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 30 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7771 7905 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.9490N 0:33.4761E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7773 7901
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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