New operator takes over the Tilbury Ferry service

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A NEW operator has taken over the historic Tilbury Ferry service today. The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel. It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries …

Gloriana leads Tudor Pull from Hampton Court to the Tower of London

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The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana once again provided a dose of colourful and regal pagentry on the River Thames on Sunday as she led a flotilla of traditional Thames cutters up the river in the “Tudor Pull”. While runners pounded the streets of the capital in the London Marathon, the Royal Watermen took on a St George’s Day marathon challenge …

Beautiful sunrise pictured behind the Thames Barrer

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A BEAUTIFUL sunrise appeared behind the iconic piers of the Thames Barrier last weekend. On the last day of Greenwich Mean Time before the clocks went forward for the summer, OnTheThames.net photographed the rising sun as seen from the Thames Path on the Greenwich Peninsula. Intense hues of red and yellow filled the sky as the rising sun appeared to …

FGS Oker sails down the Thames

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A GERMAN navy intelligence ship was seen sailing down the Thames this afternoon. FGS Oker (A53) arrived in the capital under the cover of darkness late last week and has spent the weekend moored alongside HMS Belfast. The Type 423 Oste class ship, commissioned in 1988, set off early this afternoon with Tower Bridge lifting for her at 2pm. With …

SS Robin to move to Trinity Buoy Wharf

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HISTORIC SS Robin looks set to move from her current home in the Royal Docks to Trinity Buoy Wharf. The SS Robin Trust which maintains the steam ship say the relocation of the Robin will secure her long term future. SS Robin is the last surviving British-built steam coaster and is listed on the National Historic Fleet register. She has had previous spells …

Gosport Queen arrives on the Thames

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A FERRY has arrived on the River Thames after spending fifty years operating between Gosport and Portsmouth. The Gosport Queen has been bought by the London Party Boats company, based at Festival Pier, and was handed over at the end of last week. Early on Friday morning the Gosport Queen, built in 1966, set off on its 350km journey – …

Photos: Deserted London on Christmas Day morning

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THE NORMALLY bustling streets of the capital turned into a ghost town on Christmas Day morning. Some of the West End’s most famous streets and landmarks which were packed with people 12 hours earlier instead looked completely deserted. Christmas morning offers a rare opportunity to see London so bereft of bodies and is increasingly popular with photographers wanting to capture …

New Thames photo exhibition opens in Greenwich

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A COLLECTION of river photographs from onthethames.net has gone on display in a Greenwich restaurant. The series of pictures in the new Thames exhibition celebrates the river and just some of the ways its used, with tall ships, cruise ships, the navy, tugs and a dredger all making an appearance. Curated by Tony Othen from the nearby Greenwich Gallery, the river …

Brand new On The Thames 2017 calendar now available

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A NEW calendar celebrating the River Thames is now out. It’s the fourth year that a calendar produced using the photography from OnTheThames.net has been produced. The A4, spiral bound calendar once again includes images from up and down the Thames including tall ships, cruise ships, tugs and the Navy. A stunning sunset over the QEII Bridge at Dartford, the …