Alan Buckman
 

I'm lucky enough to live in a high rise apartment block, enjoying far reaching views. This camera is located on the former Chatham Naval Dockyard site, which dates back to around 1567. Since it's closure in1984, a large proportion of the site - including all of the ship basins and many of the former dry docks - have been extensively redeveloped into a mixture of commerical and residential properties including a marina that serves the river Medway. Part of the site, now known as the Historic Dockyard, has been maintained by a trust and is an excellent vistor attraction in Kent.

The camera is about 100ft up, pointing roughly north. The top row of buttons will pan, taking in the views from Upnor Castle in the west to Kingsnorth in the east. St Mary's Island (and the ongoing development of it) can be seen in the centre, with Chattenden and the Hoo peninsula on the horizon.

By popular request, the bottom row of buttons will now once again scan across the berths of Chatham Maritime Marina.

As you may know, this was something that started as a simple personal project but has been the source of some debate in the past. My current understanding is that the consensus of the marina community (on the matter of privacy versus the ability to monitor their boats remotely) is that the camera is a desirable asset. My personal view remains that if remote monitoring is important to bertholders than they should be engaging with MDL Marinas to provide a proper CCTV system. It's also worth noting that the camera has now been in permanent use for nearly five years and is showing signs of wear and tear - when it fails, I will not be replacing it.

I will, of course, keep this under review - if anyone has any concerns regarding privacy, I'd ask them to contact me directly via the details on my contact page.


Chatham Maritime, the Marina, St Mary's Island and the river Medway.

Click on the buttons above to pan & tilt the camera.

It costs around £100 a year to keep this site running,
so if you would consider making a purchase from my shop, I'd be grateful.