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Friday Photo: Thames Barrier closure anniversary

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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

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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

Thames welcomes its biggest ship ever: Edith Maersk

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THE LARGEST ship ever on the Thames arrived shortly before sunrise this morning. The gargantuan E-Class Edith Maersk came alongside London Gateway, assisted by three tugs. The vast ship smashes the record for the biggest ship on the Thames, measuring 397metres long - that's the length of four football pitches and is fifty percent longer than Titanic. Her beam is 56 metres and she can carry over 15,000 20ft containers. Upon arriving at London Gateway, Edith Maersk was serviced in number two berth by five of the port's cranes....

In: Container Ships | On Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Friday Photo: Paddlesteamer Waverley

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It's the last weekend of Waverley's season on the Thames for 2014. The popular paddlesteamer can be seen on the river this weekend before returning to Glasgow next week. The 73-metre long vessel is the last sea-going paddlesteamer in the world. Waverley passing Northfleet on her way to Gravesend as the sun sets behind. Waverley arrives at Gravesend passing Marco Polo at Tilbury. Waverley also features in the On The Thames official calendar for the second year running with this photo below of her at Gravesend's Old Town Pier. ...

In: Friday Photo | On Friday, October 10th, 2014

In pictures: Brasil leaving London

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Brazilian navy frigate BRASIL left London last Friday morning after a five day visit to the capital. In what has become an annual visit, the vessel was moored alongside HMS Belfast, leaving an hour before HMS Mersey arrived to occupy the same berth. BRASIL heads down river with a police escort The Shard seen in the background as BRASIL continues down river The 120-metre vessel seen passing the Isle of Dogs Crew members seen on BRASIL as she passes the Greenwich Foot Tunnel entrance at Island Gardens The Niterói class frigate sails....

In: Military | On Monday, October 6th, 2014

HMS Mersey visits the Thames

HMS Mersey arrives in London

HMS MERSEY sailed in to London this morning for a five day port visit. The River-Class patrol vessel, one of the busiest vessels in the Royal Navy's fleet, arrived in to the Upper Pool of London through Tower Bridge at 09:15. The ship's primary function is to patrol British Fishery Limits and the visit to London will enable a crew change to take place. The ship's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander David Gillet commented: “This visit to London is a low key one on this occasion and a welcome break from significant periods....

In: Military | On Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Hundreds of crews complete Great River Race

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CROWDS gathered along the banks of the river on Saturday to witness the annual Great River Race. Hundreds of crews took part in the event, rowing the 21.6 mile course from Docklands to Ham House, Richmond. London's River Marathon has been running since the late 80s and attracts thousands of participants from around the world competing for over thirty trophies. The overall winners this year were the Paddlesports Men rowing Manu O Ke Kai (see provisional results in all categories). Did you row in the 2014 Great River Race or....

In: Events, Rowing | On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Voyage of Achievement brings tall ship through Tower Bridge

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A TALL ship passed under a raised Tower Bridge yesterday afternoon with young people manning the yard arms. The 59-metre-long, two-masted Stavros S Niarchos is owned and operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity. The crew on board were taking part in the HSBC Voyage of Achievement , which is an annual chance for young people to experience a tall ships adventure, funded by the bank. The ship, which had moored at Tilbury Landing Stage the previous night, came up through Tower Bridge at 1.15 and headed back down river a short....

In: Tall Ships | On Thursday, September 25th, 2014

HMS Westminster arrives in London

HMS WESTMINSTER VISITS LONDON

The Royal Navy frigate HMS WESTMINSTER arrived in London just after lunchtime today. The Type-23 vessel came up the Thames on a sunny September day and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until next Monday. She was accompanied on her inbound journey by Svitzers Brunel and Cecilia and the Met Police's Nina Mackay II. While in London, the ship will host visits from the public (tickets available here) and members of the crew will take part in a Freedom of the City of Westminster parade on Sunday morning. More photos....

In: Military | On Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Lord Nelson tall ship comes home after two year voyage around the world

LORD NELSON LONDON RETURN

THE TALL ship Lord Nelson returned today after a two year voyage around the world which has seen it sail over fifty thousands nautical miles. The 55-metre ship was the first to circle the world with disabled crew members and arrived on the Thames today accompanied by TS Tenacious, both of which are owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust charity. During Nellie's trip around the world on the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, she crossed the equator six times and was crewed by a thousand people, including 350 with a physical....

In: Tall Ships | On Friday, September 19th, 2014