National Geographic Explorer visits London

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EXPLORER, the flasgship of the National Geographic Expeditions fleet, has left London this afternoon after a short visit. The 112-metre vessel arrived in the capital last night and moored at George’s Stairs close to Tower Bridge. National Geographic Expeditions says the vessel, “is one of the finest expedition ships on the seas, able to reach some of the planet’s most …

Friday Photo: Greenwich from Island Gardens

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THE VIEW of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College from Island Gardens is one of the beautiful in London and was famously recorded in Canaletto’s ‘View of Greenwich from the River’. The land at Island Gardens, or “Scrap Iron Park” as it was previously known, was bought by the Greenwich Hospital estate so that its pensioners could continue to enjoy the …

Platform: In defence of “Bugsby’s Reach”

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Thanks to Dr Mary Mills from the Greenwich Industrial History Society for this article – the first in our new Platform series, where issues relating to the river are raised in essays and opinion pieces. We understand that moves are afoot to change the name of the bit of river which runs from the tip of the Greenwich Peninsula to …