New statue of the Queen unveiled in Gravesend

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A NEW statue of the Queen was unveiled close to the River Thames at Gravesend today. The sculpture by Douglas Jennings MRBS was commissioned to commemorate the Queen who became the longest reigning British monarch in September 2015. The bronze statue, which sits on a plinth in St Andrew’s Gardens, has been funded by a number of private organisations and …

Azamara Journey finishes first World Journey cruise at Greenwich

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30,000 TONNE cruise ship Azamara Journey sailed up the River Thames on Saturday to complete her first round the world trip. The 102-day World Journey cruise started in Sydney in March and included visits to 28 countries before concluding in London at the weekend. 53 guests were on board the¬†Azamara¬†Club Cruises vessel for the whole of the 21,619 mile cruise …

Gloriana pictured on the Thames in the annual Tudor Pull

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THE QUEEN’S Row Barge Gloriana has again taken part in the traditional Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London. The colourful annual event sees a flotilla of traditional craft rowed between the two historic riverside locations. A ‘stela’ was handed over to the custody of Her Majesty’s Bargemaster at Hampton Court and carried down the river …

London’s cruise ship season starts with arrival of Viking Sun

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NEW 228-metre-long cruise ship Viking Sun sailed up the Thames in the early hours of Friday morning – the first cruise visitor to the capital this year. The ship, which was finishing her maiden 141 night round-the-world cruise that started in Miami last year, is the fourth in the Viking Star-class. Viking Sun, with a capacity of 930 passengers, spent …

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Lord Mayor’s “No”: City of London pageant sinks Thames flotilla

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A flotilla of traditional Thames craft led by the Queen’s row barge Gloriana has been axed from this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. QRB Gloriana and the Traditional Thames Rowing Association (TTRA) have been told they will not feature in the pageant which takes places in November. The ancient tradition of carrying the new Lord Mayor of London down the river …

Storm Eleanor forces Thames Barrier closure

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STORM Eleanor forced the Environment Agency to raise the Thames Barrier yesterday to protect London from flooding. High tide levels combined with Eleanor’s surge meant that the iconic flood protection system was required to act – the 180th time it has done so in response to a flood threat since it became operational in 1984. The barrier in south east …

Thames Calendar for 2018 now on sale

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THE On The Thames 2018 photo calendar has been released and is now available to buy online. It the fifth consecutive year that the pictorial calendar has been produced and one again it celebrates the sights up and down the tidal stretch of the river. This year’s edition has the heritage steam tug Portwey at Tower Bridge adorning the front …

Two Chinese frigates arrive in the capital

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TWO frigates from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed up the River Thames today. The Type 054A ships Huanggang (577) and Yangzhou (578) arrived at West India Docks and they will be followed this evening by the 18-month old Type 903 replenishment ship Gaoyouhu which will go in to the Royal Docks. Just an hour separated the arrivals this morning …

Tilbury Power Station chimneys reduced to rubble

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TWO huge chimneys at Tilbury Power Station have been brought crashing down to the ground this morning, At 8am the tallest standing concrete structures in Essex were razed to the ground in a controlled demolition at the decommissioned power station. Crowds had gathered at vantage points in Tilbury and along the riverside in Gravesend to watch the local landmarks disappear …