Sunken Barges - Iwade

I have a keen interest in films, as well as photography. I like to find the locations of old films, because they have atmosphere and nostalgia.

I carried out much research, in order to find the location of what, prima facae, appear to be uninteresting, derelict, partially sunken boats.

1953 saw the first screening of "The Long Memory", starring John Mills and Elizabeth Sellars. It is based upon the 1951 novel of the same name, by Howard Clewes.

The film was shot predominantly around Gravesend and near Sittingbourne, on the North Kent marshes. The story is based on a man falsely accused of murder, and who was sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Upon his release, he pursues everyone who lied to ensure the real murderer should escape justice. In doing so, he discovers that the person who was supposed to have been murdered is still alive, and it was the other man who died. It all centres around "people trafficking"; a desperate man being given passage out of the country.

Some of the most atmospheric scenes were shot on what were, then, abandoned, but intact barges. It took me a couple of years to finally find where they were, and even then I missed them the first time I visited the area. However, after trying again, I eventually stumbled across the rotting hulks of the barges. It was a shame, as I had hoped to see more of them intact and floating.

It was a bright, but overcast day, and the conditions weren't very good, although I did manage some photographs, which at least show the barges.

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