Snodland Ferry:  Sailing Barge c1900
Images courtesy of the Kent Archaeological Society

Sailing barge
                carrying coal prepares to enter horsehoe bend

The ferryboat

Ferryman and passengers
Right detail: the kilns of Peters cement works

Cement kilns of the Peters works

The barge
                carrying coal enters the bend in the river

Left detail: the beehive kilns of Halling

Beehive kilns of the Halling limeworks

The two images date from around 1900.  It is possible that they were taken by Catherine Weed Barnes Ward, an American woman pioneer photographer who specialized in landscape and travel photography.  She lived at Hadlow where she died in 1913.

The top image shows a Thames sailing barge preparing to pass the ferry station with the ferryboat about to cross in front.  The detail shows the ferryman and his passengers.

The second image shows the barge tacking into the approach to Horseshoe Bend.  Note that the ferryman is on the left of the picture having dropped off his passengers.

The detail above left shows the beehive kilns of the Halling limeworks and the detail above right shows the cement kilns of the Peters works.

Charles Spencelayh, an artist who was born in Rochester in 1865, also created a painting of the ferry.