FGS Oker sails down the Thames

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A GERMAN navy intelligence ship was seen sailing down the Thames this afternoon. FGS Oker (A53) arrived in the capital under the cover of darkness late last week and has spent the weekend moored alongside HMS Belfast. The Type 423 Oste class ship, commissioned in 1988, set off early this afternoon with Tower Bridge lifting for her at 2pm. With …


SS Robin to move to Trinity Buoy Wharf

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HISTORIC SS Robin looks set to move from her current home in the Royal Docks to Trinity Buoy Wharf. The SS Robin Trust which maintains the steam ship say the relocation of the Robin will secure her long term future. SS Robin is the last surviving British-built steam coaster and is listed on the National Historic Fleet register. She has had previous spells …


Gosport Queen arrives on the Thames

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A FERRY has arrived on the River Thames after spending fifty years operating between Gosport and Portsmouth. The Gosport Queen has been bought by the London Party Boats company, based at Festival Pier, and was handed over at the end of last week. Early on Friday morning the Gosport Queen, built in 1966, set off on its 350km journey – …


Photos: Deserted London on Christmas Day morning

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THE NORMALLY bustling streets of the capital turned into a ghost town on Christmas Day morning. Some of the West End’s most famous streets and landmarks which were packed with people 12 hours earlier instead looked completely deserted. Christmas morning offers a rare opportunity to see London so bereft of bodies and is increasingly popular with photographers wanting to capture …


New Thames photo exhibition opens in Greenwich

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A COLLECTION of river photographs from onthethames.net has gone on display in a Greenwich restaurant. The series of pictures in the new Thames exhibition celebrates the river and just some of the ways its used, with tall ships, cruise ships, the navy, tugs and a dredger all making an appearance. Curated by Tony Othen from the nearby Greenwich Gallery, the river …


Brand new On The Thames 2017 calendar now available

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A NEW calendar celebrating the River Thames is now out. It’s the fourth year that a calendar produced using the photography from OnTheThames.net has been produced. The A4, spiral bound calendar once again includes images from up and down the Thames including tall ships, cruise ships, tugs and the Navy. A stunning sunset over the QEII Bridge at Dartford, the …


Rare chance to catch ferry across Thames by Tower Bridge

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THERE will be a rare opportunity to catch a ferry across the Thames between St Katharine Pier and Butler’s Wharf Pier this weekend. For one day only, a ferry service will be in operation on December 4th between the two piers just below Tower Bridge. The unusual chance to travel by boat across the Pool of London has arisen because of …


Disappointment for HMS President campaigners in Autumn Statement

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CAMPAIGNERS hoping to HMS President have had their hopes dealt a blow by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement but say they “won’t give up on her.” A petition asking for the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, to use proceeds from LIBOR fines to bail out the WWI vessel was signed by over 10,000 people. But when details of where the proceeds …


Greenpeace ship Esperanza sails up the Thames with a message for Sainbury’s

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The Greenpeace ship Esperanza sailed up the Thames this afternoon to moor at St George’s Stairs near Tower Bridge. The 72 metre long vessel, in the distinctive Greenpeace livery, arrived on a clear but chilly November afternoon. Fixed to the ship, which was originally a Soviet fire fighting vessel, was a banner saying “Stop killing our oceans.” Greenpeace has been calling …


QRB Gloriana arrives at Denton, Kent, for winter storage

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THE QUEEN’S row barge Gloriana has arrived in Denton, east of Gravesend, where she will be stored for the winter. Gloriana was towed down from St Katharine Docks on Monday and was lifted out of the river by the PLA on Tuesday, shortly after midday. Built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has taken part in a …