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 …

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 …

HMS Bulwark visits London to host Royal Navy photographic awards

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ALBION-class assault ship HMS Bulwark arrived in London late on Sunday evening. 176-metre long Bulwark sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich Ship Tier shortly before 01:00 having recently taken part in events off Orkney to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. On Tuesday night the ship hosted the prestigious Peregrine Trophy which celebrates the work …

Viking Sea becomes largest cruise ship ever christened on the Thames

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LONDON saw its biggest ever cruise ship christening yesterday when Viking Sea arrived in town. The brand new, 227 metre long cruise ship sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich shortly after midday. 28 sailors were manning the yard arm of Cutty Sark, the iconic clipper ship, at Greenwich to welcome Viking Sea to London. The cruise ship, capable …

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 …

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 …

HMS Severn arrives to mark London Fire Brigade anniversary

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HMS Severn arrived in London yesterday afternoon and was greeted with a watery salute from a fire boat. The River-class patrol ship is in the capital to help mark the 150th anniversary of the London Fire Brigade. “Lucky Severn” was met by the fire boat, Fire Dart, at Woolwich and accompanied up Bugsby’s Reach with water shooting into the air. …