New operator takes over the Tilbury Ferry service

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A NEW operator has taken over the historic Tilbury Ferry service today. The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel. It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries …

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 …

JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

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Japanese navy ship Kashima sailed up the River Thames yesterday for a three day visit to the capital. The 143-metre long vessel is the training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and arrived through Tower Bridge shortly after 1pm to moor alongside HMS Belfast. Her arrival in London is the latest port visit for the ship which is …

Welcome to the World: “Residence at Sea” arrives in London

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MS THE WORLD sailed up the Thames to moor in Greenwich earlier on today. The “residences at sea” ship looks like a cruise liner but actually has 165 privately owned apartments and constantly sails the globe with some of its wealthy passengers on board. Launched in 2002, The World has made several visits to London, the most recent of which was in 2013. The 196-metre …

RMS St Helena in London for farewell visit

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ROYAL Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena arrived on the Thames yesterday as part of her farewell tour. The passenger and cargo ship has been the only means of accessing the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic but the opening of a new airport is forcing her retirement after 26 years of service. The 105 metre long vessel …

Balmoral back on the Thames

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HERITAGE excursion ship MV Balmoral has returned to the Thames for its first season of trips since 2012. After a period of being laid up, the vessel – listed on the National Historic Fleet register – is now under the ownership of a Bristol-based charity who have returned her to service for days out. She was originally launched in 1949 …

HMS Kent arrives in London for weekend-long visit

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TYPE-23 frigate HMS Kent has arrived in London for a weekend-long visit The Duke-class frigate sailed up the Thames to the capital this afternoon, passing the county whose Duchy she is named after en route. She arrived at West India Docks at about 6.30pm where she will remain until Monday. The ship’s company will give Capability Demonstration during her visit for …