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Churchill’s funeral remembered on the Thames


A SERVICE of remembrance for Sir Winston Churchill took place on the Thames yesterday. The former PLA hydrographic survey boat Havengore had the honour of carrying the coffin of Churchill up the river half a century ago and yesterday, exactly fifty years later, the vessel again took to the river to retrace its movements. With Churchill family members on board, the Havengore departed HMS President yesterday lunchtime to begin its journey - this time without the cranes that were famously dipped by the dockers. Crowds of onlookers....

In: Events | On Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Tattershall Castle sets off for refit in Hull


THE RENOWNED paddle steamer Tattershall Castle has left the Thames as she sets off on a journey to Hull where she is to receive a refit. She left her mooring under tow earlier in the week and after staying at Woolwich for two nights, she continued down the river today with tugs GPS Avenger and Horton. Built in 1934, the Tattershall Castle served as the Humber ferry but was left redundant after the opening of the Humber Bridge. She was moved to London in the early 1980s and has become a much-loved floating pub and restaurant.....

In: News, Passenger Vessels | On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

New footbridge joins the Thames Path at Deptford Creek


A BRAND new footbridge was opened to the public yesterday, connecting the Thames Path at Millennium Quay and recently developed New Capital Quay, Greenwich. The bridge crosses at the mouth of Deptford Creek enabling better access on this part of the Thames Path, doing away with the need to take a detour up to Creek Road and across the existing road bridge. The new crossing uses a swinging mechanism so that it can open up to allow vessels in or out which do not fit under. Following it official opening by local dignitaries yesterday....

In: Bridges | On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Havengore to mark anniversary of Churchill’s funeral


THE HISTORIC role played by Havengore in the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill will be remembered later this month. It was the former PLA hydrographic survey vessel that carried the body of Churchill along the river on the day of his state funeral on January 30th 1965. Now, fifty years later to the day, Havengore will once again play her part in paying tribute to the great man by retracing her movements on the river. In what is sure to be a moving event, Rule Britannia will play as she leaves HMS President at 12.40 on Friday....

In: Events | On Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dates for next spectacular tall ship event in London confirmed

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival Parade of Sail

THE ROYAL Borough of Greenwich has confirmed it will again be hosting a major tall ships in two year's time. Following on from last year's Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, the council has announced that the easter weekend (April 14-17) of 2017 will see some of the world's largest tall ships in the capital as Greenwich becomes the start host port for the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Quebec in Canada. A fleet of tall ships will set off from Greenwich and cross the Atlantic, making port visits in five countries. The....

In: News | On Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Dutch naval hydrographic vessel visits London


HNLMS LUYMES arrived in London yesterday afternoon, passing under Tower Bridge at 1715. The Dutch Hydrographic Survey ship will be staying alongside HMS Belfast for the weekend, leaving early on Monday morning. Luymes is a sister ship of HNLMS Snellius which visited the capital in August 2008. The two Snellius-class vessels are 75 metres long and have been in service with the Dutch navy for over a decade. HNLMS Luymes can be seen exiting under Tower Bridge at 0630 on Monday 15th December. Don't forget that if you've enjoyed....

In: Military | On Saturday, December 13th, 2014

HMS St Albans’ Commander hails London visit as “fantastic opportunity”


HMS ST ALBANS cruised in to London last week on a foggy Wednesday afternoon. Barely visible behind a thick blanket of fog, she arrived on the river carrying her Merlin Mk2 helicopter on the flight deck and transited under Tower Bridge at 5pm. Speaking to from the bridge of the ship, Commander Jordan described the visit to London as a "fantastic opportunity." "I was saying to my young officers that they've been incredibly lucky to have this within a few years of joining when I've had to wait twenty-one years....

In: Military | On Monday, December 1st, 2014

HMS St Albans to visit London on Wednesday


TYPE-23 frigate HMS ST ALBANS will arrive in the capital on Wednesday afternoon. The Duke-class vessel will pass under Tower Bridge at 5pm and moor alongside HMS Belfast until next Tuesday. There will be no public access to the ship during her stay in London but the ship's company has a busy week of events including two Centenary Apprenticeship National Events on board which celebrate 100 years of apprenticeships in the UK. Tours of the ship have also been arranged for selected school children and sea cadets and some of the....

In: Military | On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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