In January 1873 “The Northfleet” left Gravesend bound for Van Dieman’s Land, full of hope – she never reached her destination as she sank in 30 minutes after being run down by a steamer off the coast of Dungeness.

One of Gravesham’s most tragic seafaring disasters is commemorated by this vast lantern created by artists from Northfleet where the ship was built in 1853.