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Thames welcomes its first Triple-E Class


  THE largest container ship to ever sail on the Thames arrived last week. Munkebo Maersk is the first of the line's huge Triple-E box ships to visit the Thames, arriving at London Gateway on Thursday morning and departing shortly after 3pm. The class of container ship is 400metres long with a beam of 59metres and a capacity of 18,340 TEU. Munkebo Maersk beat the record set by fellow Maersk ship Edith Maersk which visited the port last Autumn. Photos of Munkebo Maersk on the Thames     ...

In: Container Ships | On Monday, March 2nd, 2015

River washes over paths as tide rises high

The Thames Path at Greenwich was flooded during high tide last Friday and Saturday. An especially high tide saw a flood alert issued for vulnerable riverside areas between Teddington and the Thames Barrier. At Greenwich, this saw water washing across the path outside the Old Royal Naval College creating dramatic - but not unprecedented - scenes. The Environment Agency do not close the Thames Barrier unless they predict that the water level will rise higher still. See photos of the high tide at Greenwich ...

In: Weather | On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Ship Pics: Grande Africa


New series of photographic studies of individual ships seen on the Thames. GRANDE AFRICA, operated by Grimaldi Lines, is a vehicle and container ship frequently seen on the Thames. It carries cars and boxes from European ports to locations in Africa like Lagos and Tema. The ship was built in 1998 and has a gross tonnage of 56642. She measures up at 214 metres long and has a breadth of just over 32 metres. Grande Africa is seen in these photos today departing Tilbury on a lovely sunny morning. Next stop Antwerp! ...

In: Container Ships | On Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Will Gloriana return for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show?


THE TRADITIONAL Thames Rowing Association has raised the prospect of the Queen's row barge Gloriana not appearing at this year's Lord Mayor's Day Thames procession. Privately commissioned in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has since become a popular sight at regattas and events on the river and helped revive an ancient tradition of carrying the new Lord Mayor of London down the Thames on the day of the Lord Mayor's show which takes place in November. But the cost to the TTRA of using Gloriana....

In: Events, News, Rowing | On Monday, February 9th, 2015

Friday Photo: Sunny Marlow


Here are some photographs taken by the Thames in lovely Marlow in Buckinghamshire last weekend. Panoramic view from Marlow Bridge Taken on a beautiful Winter morning, the riverside properties are reflected in the water. Under Marlow Bridge Thew view from Marlow Lock ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Churchill’s funeral remembered on the Thames


A SERVICE of remembrance for Sir Winston Churchill took place on the Thames yesterday. The former PLA hydrographic survey boat Havengore had the honour of carrying the coffin of Churchill up the river half a century ago and yesterday, exactly fifty years later, the vessel again took to the river to retrace its movements. With Churchill family members on board, the Havengore departed HMS President yesterday lunchtime to begin its journey - this time without the cranes that were famously dipped by the dockers. Crowds of onlookers....

In: Events | On Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Tattershall Castle sets off for refit in Hull


THE RENOWNED paddle steamer Tattershall Castle has left the Thames as she sets off on a journey to Hull where she is to receive a refit. She left her mooring under tow earlier in the week and after staying at Woolwich for two nights, she continued down the river today with tugs GPS Avenger and Horton. Built in 1934, the Tattershall Castle served as the Humber ferry but was left redundant after the opening of the Humber Bridge. She was moved to London in the early 1980s and has become a much-loved floating pub and restaurant.....

In: News, Passenger Vessels | On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

New footbridge joins the Thames Path at Deptford Creek


A BRAND new footbridge was opened to the public yesterday, connecting the Thames Path at Millennium Quay and recently developed New Capital Quay, Greenwich. The bridge crosses at the mouth of Deptford Creek enabling better access on this part of the Thames Path, doing away with the need to take a detour up to Creek Road and across the existing road bridge. The new crossing uses a swinging mechanism so that it can open up to allow vessels in or out which do not fit under. Following it official opening by local dignitaries yesterday....

In: Bridges | On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Havengore to mark anniversary of Churchill’s funeral


THE HISTORIC role played by Havengore in the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill will be remembered later this month. It was the former PLA hydrographic survey vessel that carried the body of Churchill along the river on the day of his state funeral on January 30th 1965. Now, fifty years later to the day, Havengore will once again play her part in paying tribute to the great man by retracing her movements on the river. In what is sure to be a moving event, Rule Britannia will play as she leaves HMS President at 12.40 on Friday....

In: Events | On Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dates for next spectacular tall ship event in London confirmed

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival Parade of Sail

THE ROYAL Borough of Greenwich has confirmed it will again be hosting a major tall ships in two year's time. Following on from last year's Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, the council has announced that the easter weekend (April 14-17) of 2017 will see some of the world's largest tall ships in the capital as Greenwich becomes the start host port for the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Quebec in Canada. A fleet of tall ships will set off from Greenwich and cross the Atlantic, making port visits in five countries. The....

In: News | On Thursday, January 8th, 2015