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Colne (River) inc. Brightlingsea and Pyefleet Creek

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Courtesy Flag

Flag, Red Ensign


Inner Bench Head Buoy: 51:45'.96 N 001:01'.75 E


Admiralty 3741, SC5607

Rules & Regulations

4 Knts speed limit Brighlingsea, No anchoring Brightlingsea. 8 Knts speed limit in Colne.


Some Commercial Traffic, Shallows in the Colne Bar Area, Avoid oyster Beds in Pyefleet Creek.

Tidal Data Times & Range

HW Dover +0055 Brightlingsea, MHWS 5.0m MHWN 3.8m MLWN 1.2m MLWS 0.4m   (links)

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General Description

The River Colne offers the sailor a choice of anchoring in Pyefleet Creek.... ... read more


Approach involves pretty much the same area as approaching the Blackwater. ... read more

Berthing, Mooring & Anchoring


After passing fairly centrally between the red can buoy No. 10 (Fl.R.3s)....
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Your Ratings & Comments

Written by Don Thomson | 23rd Mar 2017
There have been changes here. The day to day running of all moorings, including the Marina, is done by the Brightlingsea Harbour Trust. Arrangements for a visitor's berth should be made with them. The price of a mooring is the same throughout the harbour, with the exception of the Marina East Basin which will cost £20 as opposed to £17 elsewhere.
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History of Olivers Wharf Brightlingsea during the Coal Miners Strike 1984-85
Written by Derek Crane | 2nd Aug 2016
The information given regarding the impact of the Miners Strike in your existing 'History' of Brightlingsea is almost wholly incorrect. At the time of the commencement of the Strike in 1984 Ernest 'Ernie' Oliver had only just commenced piling the western portion of the existing main quay face o0f what is now Olivers Wharf. The first vessel to arrive with solid fuel during Easter 1984 was MV Union Mercury with coke from Belgium. Over the next 12 months in excess of 300,000 tons of solid fuel was imported across Olivers Wharf. The port was picketed almost from the beginning by miners from both South Wales and Kent. The pickets were never able to prevent cargo being discharged and lorries loaded. During the miners strike the port continued to be built with 3 NAABSA berths available by early 1985. As can still be seen from aerial photo's in one of the local public houses. The writer has first hand knowledge of the events being at the time being a Director of Brightlingsea Port Limited (BPL) and coastal ship owners Union Transport Group plc (UTG) the latter of which had a one third share in BPL. Before the Strike began UTG already held a large number of existing contracts of affreightment with solid fuel merchants and used Brightlingsea extensively to import solid fuels throughout the 1984-85 miners strike. Oliver's Wharf was also used to import containers of vital general cargo during the registered dock strike that occurred during the miners strike. DC
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Update 2015
Written by dononshytalk | 2nd Mar 2015
These notes were reviewed and updated by Don in March 2015. 2015 Prices have been included and we have noted the provision of diesel at the Brightlingsea Fuel barge at Harkers yard
Update 2013
Written by dononshytalk | 1st Apr 2013
The notes for this area were updated by Don T on the 1st April 2013. 2013 prices have been included and small adjustments made to the instructions on how to enter Brightlingsea made on the advice of the harbour authorities.
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