London Cruise Season Begins

London cruise season begins with L’Austral coming up the Thames

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LONDON’s cruise season got under way this afternoon when the cruise ship L’Austral sailed up the Thames. The luxury megayacht-style ship made her way in to London in warm sunshine with blue sky and puffy white clouds above. L’Austral’s arrival into the upper pool alongside HMS Belfast is the first by a cruise ship so far this year. The 142-metre …


German navy vessels leave London after short visit

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THE THREE German navy vessels visiting London sailed out of the capital last Monday. FGS Main, FGS Siegburg and FGS Pegnitz had been in West India Docks over the preceding weekend as part of a fortnight-long squadron exercise. FGS Main was the first of the trio to lock out, seen here after having transited through the Thames Barrier. Auxiliary ship …


Glorious sunshine for Gloriana’s first engagement of 2016

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana took part in her first engagement of 2016 today in glorious spring sunshine. A crew of Royal Watermen were on board as Gloriana joined the Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace all the way to the Tower of London. A flotilla of traditional Thames cutters were alongside, as well as the Royal shallop Jubilant, as the …


German navy task group visits London

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THREE vessels from the German navy arrived on the Thames this morning for a weekend long stay at West India Docks. The visiting trio is comprised of FGS Siegburg (pictured above on her 2014 visit), FGS Pegnitz and FGS Main. Members of the public can visit the two minesweepers and auxiliary support vessel on Saturday 16th April, 2pm – 4pm. …


Gloriana bound for St Katharine Docks after winter storage

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames after her period of winter storage at the Port of London Authority’s facility at Denton Wharf, Gravesend. She was lowered in to the Thames by the PLA’s 70-tonne capacity boat-lift shortly before midday and then towed up river to St Katharine Docks by the CPBS-owned tug, Mad Dog. The beautiful 29-metre-long vessel will …


Enderby House campaigners discuss future of historic site

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Campaigners have laid out potential ideas “to inspire enthusiasm and support” for possibilities at the historic Enderby Wharf site in east Greenwich which includes Enderby House. Guests at the Enderby Group’s meeting this morning were given a guided walk followed by a presentation about the site where developer Barratt Homes are building hundreds of new flats and a cruise terminal has …


Former Gosport Ferry arrives on the Thames

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A FERRY which operated from Portsmouth to Gosport for fifty years has arrived on the Thames after being acquired by a new owner. The Portsmouth Queen left Portsmouth Harbour for the final time on February 29th and arrived on the Thames the following day. The vessel, which will be known as the London Queen, initially moored at the Gravesend old …


Steam train pictured crossing the Thames at Richmond

Rob Powell Bridges Leave a Comment recently took a look at what was going over the Thames when a steam train crossed the river at Richmond. The Peppercorn class A1 Pacific Steam Locomotive Tornado was pulling the British Pullman train from London and out into the Surrey Hills. The steam train is pictured above crossing the Thames at Richmond Railway Bridge. From there the Tornado, Britain’s first new …

© Rob Powell. 11/02/2016. HMS President has arrived in Chatham after leaving the Victoria Embankment last week. The historic vessel in a Dazzleship livery left her moorings on the Thames on the 5th February because of work taking place on the Thames Tideway sewage tunnel. Her journey down the river was initially held because of bad conditions as she moored at Erith until setting off again today. The vessel was tasked with finding U Baots in WW1 and has been moored on the Thames since 1922 where she has fulfilled a number of roles including protecting St Paul's during WWII and more recently as an events space. Credit : Rob Powell

HMS President arrives at Chatham Docks

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HMS PRESIDENT came down the Thames yesterday and turned in to the River Medway where she entered her new temporary home at Chatham Docks. The historic warship from WWI has left the Embankment in London – her home since 1922 – to make way for the new Thames Tideway sewage tunnel works. With her dazzle ship livery, President arrived at Chatham …