to Dartford Lock for a long time – certainly since the low bridge was built at Bob Dunn Way, and probably a good few years before that.
On Thursday of this week, 21st December, history was made when sb Decima made the journey along the creek, seemed to pass easily under the bridge and reached the lock.
Yes it seemed easy, but it followed a great deal of measuring and calculating to ensure she would fit under the bridge.
Gravesham councillor Conrad Broadley said, “We really take our hat off to the adventurous owner and skipper David Leal and Colin Robson respectively for having the bravery to make what is quite an epic journey into the unknown paving the way for future nautical visitors to the historic moorings at Dartford.”
The intention is that Decima will be open to the public on some days.
Here’s the link to the Gravesend Reporter story. Photographs below are courtesy of Conrad Broadley.
Below is Conrad Broadley’s video of Decima passing under the low bridge, and there are a series of short videos of her negotiating the silted up creek and narrow entrance to the lock. Here’s one of them.