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Photographer:Ken Smith [View profile]Title:Charlton Buoys, Woolwich, London, England, UKAdded:Jan 24, 2007
Location:London, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Harbour Overview Images
Anyone familiar with the Thames Flood Barrier might be interested to see the site as it was in the 1950s The mooring was known as Charlton Buoys and was where the the colliers used to moor. As you can imagine the view and background
is completly different today.
Ships left to right

BORDE 3,4001/1954 Collier
Stephenson Clark Ltd
1969 Balmoral
1971 Eileen
1977 Aryl
BU Trieste 1978
CORFIELD 2,065/1942 Collier
Wm Cory & Son Ltd
1948 Sheaf Field
1952 Corfield
1964 Spyros Armenakis
Wrecked Nolleplaat sandbank Flushing 13-2-1965
MR THERM 2,974/1929 Collier
North Thames Gas Board
SIR DAVID II 3,332/1954 Collier
North Thames Gas Board
1969 Bowcombe
1971 Brick Undicesimo
BU La Spezia 15-2-1984

The small launch was used by Sargent Bros to tie up the colliers.
Note the industrial pollution we had in those days.
Taken in the late 1950s

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Ken Smith on Jan 15, 2014 16:35 (4 years ago)
Thanks for that interesting tale of the Spyros Armenakis ex Corfield Stan.
Ken Smith on Jan 15, 2014 16:11 (4 years ago)
Hello John, hope you are keeping well,it is a while since I was last at Queenborough but hope to meet up again soon.
You are absolutely right about the Big Smoke, practically all of the south bank was industrialised with Factories and Power Stations belching out smoke and the River always had a unpleasant smell, something we took for granted in those days including the London Fogs, I could tell some tales about them.
Thankfully it is much improved now and the fish are back in the river.

Kind Regards
Stan Muller on Jan 15, 2014 15:21 (4 years ago)
Spyros Armenakis mast has been a landmark for 30 years in front of the Flushing Boulevards. 30 year after she sunk on a sandbank and only her mast could be seen, she suddenly sunk deeper and she disappeared completely. shortly after that occurence the wrek is removed. I remember the mast well, as I grew up and lived my entire youth in Flushing
Ken Smith on Jan 15, 2014 15:10 (4 years ago)
Hello Bill and welcome to the website, thank you for your comment, how things have changed since those days.
No problem with the use of the photograph, I am sure it would be of interest to your locals to see the Thames as it was in those days.
Kind regards
John Grace on Jan 15, 2014 15:00 (4 years ago)
Ken, a very good example for an explanation of the term "The big smoke"
billallon on Jan 15, 2014 14:04 (4 years ago)
Great picture Ken. I did a trip with my father on the "Mr. Therm" when I was a lad & I think I've been to Charlton Buoys. I remember the terrifying climb down into the boat when going ashore. I've taken the liberty of posting your picture on a local site "The Big River" Hope you don't mind.
Terry Egalton on Apr 19, 2007 18:54 (11 years ago)
Ken, thanks for posting a great pic!

Jim Gallacher on Jun 04, 2005 23:13 (13 years ago)
Must be my age, but I prefer the old view to the new one.
Ken Smith on Jun 03, 2005 08:45 (13 years ago)
Thanks Phil and Trevor for your comments, I have posted a view from almost the same spot as it is today, you can see the skyline has changed with the Canary Wharf development, the Dome, and of course the Thames Barrier.

Regards Ken
Phil English on Jun 01, 2005 18:55 (13 years ago)
Great nostalgia Ken, though a bit before my time. I became very familiar with this area 25 years ago when I was a Thames water clerk, though it feels only like yesterday. I guess that it's not changed a great deal in the 20 or so years that the barrier has been constructed, but it's scary to think that 20 years before that things were so much different, as your photo proves!
Trevor Page on Jun 01, 2005 18:45 (13 years ago)
Excellent Ken, certainly takes you back. Trevor :
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