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NATO minesweeper fleet arrives in London


AN INTERNATIONAL minesweeper fleet arrived in West India Dock this week. NATO's Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) fleet comprises naval vessels from Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, the Nethlands, Germany and Latvia, who currently have command of the fleet. The fleet has also visited Belfast and Plymouth in the last month. The port visit is expected to last until this Sunday when the fleet will leave, bound for Amsterdam.     ...

In: Military | On Friday, November 21st, 2014

Tower Poppies postcard free with Thames Calender until end of November


The poppy installation at the Tower of London this year has been the most successful and memorable piece of public art in recent years, capturing the imagination of millions of people. With the poppies themselves sold out long ago and now being removed, is giving away a commemorative postcard which captures this unique event from a special perspective which also shows the river and Tower Bridge. A glossy 6"x4" Tower Poppies postcard will be sent free of charge with every On The Thames 2015 calendar ordered online....

In: News | On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Superyacht Kismet leaves London

THE LUXURY yacht Kismet departed London early this morning. Shahid Khan's superyacht, which made headlines during her stay in the capital, departed West India Docks after 0530 and is pictured here passing Gravesend outbound shortly after 0700. The luxury vessel began her visit to London by mooring at St George's Stairs, just down river of Tower Bridge, and it is believed she hosted parties last weekend when Khan's NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars were playing in London. The brand new 95-metre long yacht replaces Khan's....

In: Superyachts | On Saturday, November 15th, 2014

New Lord Mayor of London arrives on Gloriana

Lord Mayor's Thames Flotilla

THE NEW Lord Mayor of London came down the Thames this morning on the Queen's row barge Gloriana. Alan Yarrow, who took office yesterday in the Silent Ceremony at Guildhall, boarded Gloriana at Westminster Boating Base this morning and was rowed down river alongside a flotilla of traditional Thames craft. Here are photographs capturing the journey of the City of London's new Lord Mayor: Gloriana and the flotilla come under Lambeth Bridge as a red double decker crosses The colourful flotilla passes the Palace of Westminster Now....

In: Events, Rowing | On Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Last weekend to see the Tower of London poppies


THE STUNNING poppy installation at the Tower of London continues to draw huge crowds as it approaches its final weekend. "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" has caught the public imagination since work started on planting the ceramic poppies during the summer. Each poppy represents the life of a British military fatality and the last of the 888,246 poppies will be planted next week for Armistice Day. The poppies will then be removed and posted to people who have bought them, with proceeds going to charity, although there are....

In: Events | On Friday, November 7th, 2014

Kismet superyacht arrives for NFL game in London


A £70,000,000 superyacht has been turning heads since it arrived on the Thames last week. The brand new vessel is called Kismet and is believed to be owned by Shad Khan - the owner of Fulham FC and also the NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are in London for a match against the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley this weekend and on Tuesday afternoon this week, a large silver Jaguar mascot with its paw resting on an NFL helmet was added to the bow of Kismet. The brand new Kismet, moored at St George's Stairs close to Tower....

In: Superyachts | On Thursday, November 6th, 2014

HMS Severn begins a six day visit to London


HMS SEVERN has arrived in the capital for a six day visit. The River-class off shore patrol vessel came up the Thames earlier today, entering the upper pool under Tower Bridge just before 1pm where she moored alongside HMS Belfast. The 79.5m long vessel is usually found patrolling the country's fishing waters and was last in the capital in October 2012. There's no public access whilst 'Lucky Severn' is in London but there will be pre-arranged tours with groups of sea cadets. Members of the ship's company will attend a Remembrance....

In: Military | On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Gloriana to lead Lord Mayor’s flotilla again


THE NEW Lord Mayor of London will be rowed down the Thames on board the Queen's row barge Gloriana this weekend. A flotilla of traditional Thames vessels led by Gloriana will depart from Westminster Boating Base at 8.30am and pass through Tower Bridge, raised in salute, at 9.25am on Saturday morning. The new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow, will disembark Gloriana at HMS President, Wapping, and be driven to Mansion House where the Lord Mayor's show parade begins from. The colourful, spectacular Lord Mayor's show....

In: Events, Rowing | On Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Friday Photo: Thames Barrier closure anniversary


Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first closure of the Thames Barrier. The first closure of the flood protection system was a test closure, as most of its closures have been. The flood protection system on the river at Charlton has been operational since 1982 but was officially opened by the Queen in 1984. Here are some photos of the famous landmark. Cruise ship HAMBURG seen transiting through the Thames Barrier. This photo is included in the On The Thames calendar for 2015, which is available now. ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, October 31st, 2014

Friday Photo: Nina Mackay II


NINA Mackay II is a Targa 31 boat used the Metropolitan Police's Marine Policing Unit based in Wapping. The boat was named in honour of WPC Nina Mackay who was sadly killed in the line of duty on this very day, seventeen years ago. Here are two photos of NINA MACKAY II on the Thames earlier this year, waiting for HMS WESTMINSTER at Greenhithe before escorting her up to London. ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, October 24th, 2014