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Gravesend sets record for the hottest day of the year

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GRAVESEND in Kent has once again become the hottest place in the country, setting new records in the process. With the mercury hitting 34.4 degrees centigrade (94 degrees fahrenheit) this afternoon according to the Met Office, the town recorded the highest temperature in September since 1911. The Thames side town also seized the title of the hottest place in the …

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Andrey Melnichenko’s superyacht “A” sails down the Thames

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ONE of the most eye-catching and expensive superyachts ever seen in the capital sailed down the river yesterday morning. After a week of turning heads with its distinctive lines, Motor Yacht “A” departed under Tower Bridge at 0730 on Saturday morning. Reported to be on the market for about $300 million, the 119 metre long vessel was designed by Philippe …

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Grain Power Station chimney razed to the ground

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A HUGE chimney at Grain on the Hoo peninsula in Kent was razed to the ground yesterday morning after dominating the local skyline for almost forty years. Grain Power Station chimney became the tallest concrete structure to ever be demolished in the UK when it was felled by explosives at 11am yesterday. Large crowds gathered at available vantage points to …

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$300 million superyacht cruises up the Thames

Rob Powell News, Superyachts 8 Comments

AN EXTRAORDINARY $300 million superyacht sailed up the River Thames on Saturday to moor alongside HMS Belfast. The distinctive vessel, named simply as motor yacht “A”, was designed by legendary Philippe Starck and is one of the most expensive privately owned yachts ever seen in London on the Thames. Built at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in 2008, the striking …

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Annual Great River Race takes place on the Thames

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HUNDREDS of craft were rowed 21 miles up the Thames yesterday for the 2016 Great River Race. Rowers had windy and rainy conditions to contend with as they powered their boats from Millwall Docks slipway on the Isle of Dogs up to Ham, Richmond. The colourful event, known has London’s river marathon, has been an annual fixture on the Thames …

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Clipper ship Stad Amsterdam visits London

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Dutch clipper ship Stad Amsterdam left London after spending the summer Bank Holiday weekend in the capital. The three masted vessel sailed up the Thames last week and moored in West India Docks. Launched in 2000, the 76-metre long tall ship has been a regular visitor to London over recent years. She departed London yesterday at midday bound for Hamburg. …

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Petition and fundraising campaigns launched to save HMS President

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A PETITION and fundraising campaign have been launched to try and save HMS President – one of three surviving Royal Navy ships from WWI. The ship, which was moored on the Victoria Embankment for over 90 years until she had to move earlier this year, is currently in Chatham Docks facing an uncertain future after the trust that looks after her …

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Competitors take on London River Rat Race to raise money for Shelter

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HUNDREDS of competitors ran, swam and negotiated obstacles during the 10km race in London’s Docklands to raise money for the homeless charity, Shelter. During the ’The Rat Race’ which is billed as London’s only water obstacle course, participants completed gruelling tasks in the cold open waters of Royal Victoria Docks on the River Thames. The scariest looking obstacle of the event …

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JDS Kashima says sayonora to London after first visit

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143-METRE-LONG Japanese training ship JDS Kashima sailed down the Thames yesterday afternoon. Kashima arrived in London on Sunday for a three day visit with graduate students on board from the Marine Self Defense Force. Tower Bridge lifted for the departure of the JDS Kashima at 1430 with two Kotug vessels alongside to assist  the ship out of the Pool of …