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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

Superyacht Kismet leaves London


THE LUXURY yacht Kismet departed London early this morning. Shahid Khan's superyacht, which made headlines during her stay in the capital, departed West India Docks after 0530 and is pictured here passing Gravesend outbound shortly after 0700. The luxury vessel began her visit to London by mooring at St George's Stairs, just down river of Tower Bridge, and it is believed she hosted parties last weekend when Khan's NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars were playing in London. The brand new 95-metre long yacht replaces Khan's....

In: Superyachts | On Saturday, November 15th, 2014

New Lord Mayor of London arrives on Gloriana

Lord Mayor's Thames Flotilla

THE NEW Lord Mayor of London came down the Thames this morning on the Queen's row barge Gloriana. Alan Yarrow, who took office yesterday in the Silent Ceremony at Guildhall, boarded Gloriana at Westminster Boating Base this morning and was rowed down river alongside a flotilla of traditional Thames craft. Here are photographs capturing the journey of the City of London's new Lord Mayor: Gloriana and the flotilla come under Lambeth Bridge as a red double decker crosses The colourful flotilla passes the Palace of Westminster Now....

In: Events, Rowing | On Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Last weekend to see the Tower of London poppies


THE STUNNING poppy installation at the Tower of London continues to draw huge crowds as it approaches its final weekend. "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" has caught the public imagination since work started on planting the ceramic poppies during the summer. Each poppy represents the life of a British military fatality and the last of the 888,246 poppies will be planted next week for Armistice Day. The poppies will then be removed and posted to people who have bought them, with proceeds going to charity, although there are....

In: Events | On Friday, November 7th, 2014

Kismet superyacht arrives for NFL game in London


A £70,000,000 superyacht has been turning heads since it arrived on the Thames last week. The brand new vessel is called Kismet and is believed to be owned by Shad Khan - the owner of Fulham FC and also the NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are in London for a match against the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley this weekend and on Tuesday afternoon this week, a large silver Jaguar mascot with its paw resting on an NFL helmet was added to the bow of Kismet. The brand new Kismet, moored at St George's Stairs close to Tower....

In: Superyachts | On Thursday, November 6th, 2014

HMS Severn begins a six day visit to London


HMS SEVERN has arrived in the capital for a six day visit. The River-class off shore patrol vessel came up the Thames earlier today, entering the upper pool under Tower Bridge just before 1pm where she moored alongside HMS Belfast. The 79.5m long vessel is usually found patrolling the country's fishing waters and was last in the capital in October 2012. There's no public access whilst 'Lucky Severn' is in London but there will be pre-arranged tours with groups of sea cadets. Members of the ship's company will attend a Remembrance....

In: Military | On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014