Project Redsand was set up with the aims of conserving, preserving and interpreting the history of the structure known as Redsands Fort. The long term goal is for restoration to the point where public visits can take place safely and give visitors a comprehensive view of how the fort was built, why it was built and the uses it has been put to over the decades since its construction.


All 2006 2005


Commissioned by:THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE MEDIA & SPORTConducted by:ENGLISH HERITAGEFor:THE SECRETARY OF STATEDATED:30/3/2006-26/4/2006-27/4/2006Ref:REDSAND TOWERS (U6)Location:Thames Estuary, approx 7 miles North of WhitstableCounty:KentLatitude/Longitude:51.28.62N 0.59.60E IMPORTANCE/POTENTIAL English Heritage’s Monuments Protection Programme anti-aircraft gun sites study (Schofield 1999) sets out the context for…

Progress Report for 2006

Most of this year has been taken up by detailed inspections of the tower structures. We now have a clear picture of the overall structural condition of the Redsand Fort. A detailed evaluation has been carried out by Taylor Woodrow…


Talks, Trips and Exhibitions on the 30th and 31st July 2005 A Report by Linda Mason, Area Event Organiser for Kent County Council Sheriff Cllr Lewis Norris opens the Maunsell Seaforts Exhibition 2005 at Whitstable Castle July 30th – 31st.(Image…

These days there are few adventures to be undertaken close to home.

However, this is one, and one considered to be well worth undertaking.

Robin John Adcroft (Banks) RIP 1950 - 2018 
Visionary and Founder of  Project Redsand

Visit the Forts - X-Pilot

X-Pilot is a charter vessel working mainly in the rivers Medway and Swale in Kent and the Thames Estuary and also rivers in Essex in the Southeast of England. X-Pilot is licensed by the Port of London Authority for boat hire.

To book trips to Visit Redsand Fort with the X-Pilot please contact them via their website or their Facebook page.

The X-Pilot is Kent’s Classic Pilot Vessel, a charter boat sailing the rivers Medway, Swale and in the Thames Estuary. X-Pilot is a Port of London Authority licensed vessel for hire and can work in most rivers in Kent and Essex and the River Thames in Southeast England. X-Pilot’s Captain, Alan Harmer, is licensed as a Boatmaster by the Maritime Coastguard Agency. The X-Pilot is fully insured and licensed to carry twelve passengers and up to four crew.

X-Pilot is also the Official Supply Vessel for Project Redsand the custodians of the World War II Maunsell Fort off the Southeast coast of England and we offer regular trips to view these Redsand Towers and occasionally even offer the chance to board to support the Project’s Work Party’s trips to preserve and restore this fantastic British monument. You’ll definitely want to check out our Grand Forts Tour, a magnificent eight hour adventure that along with the Redsand Towers takes in the Shivering Sands Towers, the Knock John Fort and Isle of Grain Fort.

X-Pilot was built in 1967 and originally served as the pilot vessel on the River Thames based at Gravesend when she was simply called Pilot.

We also offer all kinds of trips and one of a kind experiences, if you’re organizing a party or anniversary, you may be a marine photographer or filming on the river and looking for that perfect charter boat, or maybe you’d like to hire the vessel just for yourself, or would just like to travel alongside Britain’s beautiful river sides and coastline and see the forts guarding the Thames, then X-Pilot is the charter vessel for you.