In 1970, when this website starts to take an interest in the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry, the service was owned &
operated by British Rail, with links to rail services available via the nearby Tilbury Riverside station. Two boats were
available at this time, named ‘Edith’ and ‘Catherine’, though ‘Catherine’ had been demoted to a spare boat by 1981.
In 1979, the ferry service was transferred to Sealink - British Rail was to be privatised. 1984 saw Sealink acquired by
Sea Containers LTD. ‘Catherine’ was sold in 1989 and in 1990 Stena Line took over from Sea Containers LTD. Stena
Line didn’t want to keep hold of this small river crossing service, and so another change of ownership saw White Horse
Ferries take over in 1991.
White Horse continued to use ‘Edith’, on loan from Stena Line until their new catarmaran ‘Great Expectations’ was
ready in 1992. White Horse Ferries went into receivership in 2000, and the service passed on to current operator Lower
Thames & Medway Passenger Boat Company, who now operate the service using the ‘Duchess M’.