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Photos: Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race 2014


LAST Tuesday saw the historic Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race take place on the Thames. The rowing race between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea for young watermen was established in 1715 by the Dublin-born stage actor Thomas Doggett. The entrants in this year’s race were Harry McCarthy, Charlie Maynard, Louis Pettipher, Dominic Coughlin and Benjamin Folkard. Prince Philip was present to observe from on board the umpire’s launch, Panache, with the race was won in a time of 24 minutes and 35 seconds....

In: Events | On Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Photos: Clipper Race homecoming parade


THE TWELVE yachts that took part in the Round The World Clipper Race arrived back in London last weekend. With the race completed the evening before, the clippers came up the Thames on Saturday in a Parade of Sail which passed the Thames Barrier at 11.45 and reached Tower Bridge an hour later. The race was established in the 1990s by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and allows people to race around the world with no sailing experience under the guidance of a professional skipper. The overall race winner was the Henri Lloyd yacht with....

In: Events | On Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Putney Bridge closed to traffic until October


PUTNEY Bridge in South West London has closed to all motor traffic until October. The scheduled closure is so that Wandsworth Council can undertake a £1.5million repair programme on the bridge which was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1886. While the “vitally-needed repairs” take place to the Grade-II listed structure, pedestrians and cyclists can still cross the bridge. Passengers using bus services that would normally cross the bridge can get off at one side, walk over and continue from a different....

In: Bridges | On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Friday Photo: Thames sunset behind Dartford Bridge


It’s only a month since I lasted posted some photos of a lovely sunset behind the Dartford Bridge but the sky was again rather magnificent last night. As with all photos on the site, any of these pictures can be ordered as a print and you can all the photos in your inbox by subscribing to the site. You can also get Thames photo updates in your Facebook timeline by liking the page. ...

In: Bridges, Friday Photo, Weather | On Friday, July 11th, 2014

Tower Bridge marks 120th anniversary of opening


TOWER Bridge celebrates its 120th birthday today! The iconic river crossing was officially opened on this day in 1894 by the then Prince of Wales who went on to become King Edward VII. The task of designing the bridge was thrown open in a public competition and in 1884, a design by Sir Horace Jones was approved. To mark Tower Bridge’s birthday, entry to the upper walkways costs just £1.20 today instead of the usual £9. Throughout June, there’s been an exhibition of Tower Bridge images on display at Guildhall to....

In: Bridges | On Monday, June 30th, 2014

Photos: Thames Barge Driving Race 2014


Photos of the 39th Thames Barge Driving Race which started yesterday (Saturday 28th) at Greenwich and ended at Westminster. The unpowered barges are rowed under oars up the 7 mile course. The race is organised by Thames On Water, which was established in 1974 by a group of journeymen Lightermen and Watermen. Admiral West is the honorary President of TOW and presented the awards following the race. A flotilla of spectator boats followed the competitors up river including SALIENT, PRINCESS POCAHONTAS and HAVENGORE. Photo....

In: Rowing | On Sunday, June 29th, 2014

WWI centenary commemorated on the Thames


VESSELS moored along the Thames yesterday commemorated the first shots of World War One a hundred years earlier. As part of a UNESCO initiative, all ships at sea were requested to fly their flags and ensigns at half mast on 28th June and ships moored in harbours were encouraged to blast their horns at 6pm (BST). In Gravesend, the PLA and Gravesend RNLI both let off a remembrance sound signal. Further up river, the event was marked at the Tower RNLI station and, as can be heard on this video, some other vessels nearby including....

In: News | On Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Friday Photo: Tilbury horses


Horses graze on a sunny day in Tilbury with Gravesend seen in the background. ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, June 27th, 2014

Cruise ships Astor and Deutschland visit the Thames


TWO cruise ships arrived on the Thames on the same tide early on Monday morning. Early risers were treated to the sight of two cruise ships making their way up river, with ASTOR mooring at London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, and DEUTSCHLAND carrying on up to Greenwich. ASTOR joined the fleet of Essex-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages on a three year charter in November 2013. She left Tilbury the same day, bound for Zeebrugge. DEUTSCHLAND has become a regular visitor to London and notably squeezed in to West India....

In: Cruise Ships | On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

New permanent home for Gloriana proposed at Twickenham


A NEW permanent home on the river for the Queen’s Row Barge GLORIANA has been proposed. The vessel was commissioned by former P&O boss and former National Maritime Museum Chairman, Lord Sterling, and launched in 2012 in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following her starring role in the Thames River Pageant of 2012, she has proven to be a popular attraction at regattas and events up and down the river and has helped revive a flotilla on the day of the Lord Mayor’s Show for the last two years. When....

In: News, Rowing | On Tuesday, June 24th, 2014