14 Days on the North Atlantic

Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021

14 Days on the North Atlantic

14 Days on the North Atlantic is a text work by Simon Faithfull., 2021.

In 2008, Simon Faithfull made a 14-day journey on a container-ship, travelling from Liverpool, UK across the Atlantic Ocean, and eventually reaching another Liverpool on the shores of Nova Scotia, in Canada. During the journey Faithfull kept a journal of his time onboard the 'Joni Ritscher' and extracts from this journal have now been made into small panels mounted onto the railings at the end of Southend Pier. A journey across a wild ocean, tracing one of the early trade-routes of empire, has been transcribed onto a tiny section of a walk. A walk at the lip of the mouth of the River Thames – the waterway that Joseph Conrad describes as carrying: "The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires".

This work is exhibited at the very end of the iconic Southend Pier, one of the best known and best loved landmarks of the Thames Estuary.  It is one mile and a third long.

Opening times for the Pier:  10:15 - 18:00.
There is a small fee of £2 to walk to the end or a train runs at regular intervals throughout the day - ticket prices are £5.60 (adult) / £2.80 (concessions).

There is a parallel work, 26 Days on the Southern Ocean, installed on Margate’s Harbour Arm.


Friday 21st May 2021 to
Saturday 12th June 2021


Southend Pier, Western Esplanade

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