This very interesting video was made in 1984. It follows a tugboat towing rubbish down the Thames to Canvey Island. The part of the video that is of interest to us is at the end where the tugboat and barges go up Hole Haven.
The text that goes with the video is as follows:
This visually stylised film shows the crew of a tugboat towing rubbish down the tidal Thames, telling versions of their industrial history between episodes of skilled labour, breakfast, a waterfight and plenty of cups of tea.
Starting at Gravesend, the tug ‘General VII’ visits sites along the Thames and its bywaters to collect and deposit huge open lighters of rubbish. London’s docks were largely derelict at this time;the big cargoes had all gone to Tilbury and beyond, but re-development was years away.This crew were among the last few hundred of London’s lightermen. Some of them are sentimental about the past, including apprenticeship on the sailing barges; others celebrate the passing of casualised labour and mass poverty.
The tug in the film was lost with all hands in a collision the following year; this particular crew were on transfer from their usual vessel the ‘Merit’.