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Friday Photo: German tall ship on On The Thames calendar cover


For the second year running, I have made a Thames photo calendar with some of my favourite pictures from the river. The front cover has on it the striking German tall ship Alexander Von Humboldt II which visited London earlier this year. With it still being August, it’s perhaps a little early for most people to be thinking about calendars for next year  but if you know of a shop which serves customers close to the river, do feel free to let them know about the calendar. You can see all of the photos from the calendar,....

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Man dies after people discovered in shipping container at Tilbury


ONE man died and dozens more were taken to nearby hospitals after they were discovered in a shipping container last weekend. The container had come across the English Channel from Zeebrugge on board the roro ferry Norstream, arriving at Tilbury at about 6 am. Norstream and her sister vessel Norsky are owned by P&O and make regular crossings between the two ports. Following the shocking discovery of Afghan Sikhs crammed in to a space in the shipping container, police conducted a search of all the other containers from Norstream....

In: Incidents, Industry, News | On Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Friday Photo: Cruise ship passing Sikh temple


A photo of cruise ship BERLIN passing the Sikh Gudwara in Gravesend early on Wednesday morning with the cranes of London Gateway visible in the distance. ...

In: Cruise Ships, Friday Photo | On Friday, August 15th, 2014

Italian warship departs London


THE ITALIAN warship Luigi Durand De La Penne departed London yesterday afternoon. The guided-missile destroyer has been in the capital since last week, moored at West India Dock with officers in training on board. While she was in London, the warship was open to the public on four days and also hosted receptions and events on board. She was out of the docks by about 4pm yesterday and then made her way down river under a moody, cloudy sky. LUIGI DURAND DE LA PENNE’S DEPARTURE IN PHOTOS ...

In: Military | On Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New bitumen terminal receives first visitor


A NEW bitumen terminal in Kent received its first visitor on Saturday morning. Dartford-based FM Conway have developed the new terminal on the old Imperial Wharf site in Gravesend. Work to take down the distinctive old cranes at the site got under way in October last year. Tanker Theodora arrived there on Saturday morning – the first ship to moor there for two decades, according to the Port of London Authority. Following the multi-million pound refurbishment of Imperial Paper Mill’s former jetty, the terminal can....

In: Industry | On Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Italian warship Luigi Durand De La Penne arrives in London


ONE of the Italian navy’s Durand de la Penne class destroyers sailed in to London today, mooring at West India Docks. The 147-metre long LUIGI DURAND DE LA PENNE arrived at the entrance to the Docks at about 10.45 and was moored inside about an hour later. Named after an Italian navy diver who served in the Italo-Ethiopian war and WWII, the ship can carry 380 personnel. According to reports, the ship is carrying cadets from the Naval Academy of Livorno who would normally be on the Amerigo Vespucci – Italy’s....

In: Military | On Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Silver Cloud cruise ship arrives in London


SILVER CLOUD arrived in London last night for a one-day visit. The Silverseas-owned vessel moored alongside HMS Belfast in the Upper Pool at about 8pm, basking in the last of the evening sun. The 157-metre long cruise ship had set off from Stockholm eleven days earlier, calling at Estonia, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands en route. SILVER CLOUD departs the capital this evening, setting off on a nine day cruise to Reykjavik, Iceland, stopping at Leith, Kirkwall and then Denmark before reaching Iceland. ...

In: Cruise Ships | On Monday, August 4th, 2014

Friday Photo: The Garden Museum


THE GARDEN Museum is a small museum created in the late 70s in a disused church next to Lambeth Palace by the River Thames. It aims to capture “what gardens mean to people, in a collaborative forum of activities, debate, collections and archives.” With exhibits and activities inside what was once St Mary’s Church, it has a delightful cafe and knot garden to the rear. More information about the Garden Museum ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, July 25th, 2014

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