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 …

Beautiful sunrise pictured behind the Thames Barrer

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A BEAUTIFUL sunrise appeared behind the iconic piers of the Thames Barrier last weekend. On the last day of Greenwich Mean Time before the clocks went forward for the summer, OnTheThames.net photographed the rising sun as seen from the Thames Path on the Greenwich Peninsula. Intense hues of red and yellow filled the sky as the rising sun appeared to …

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 …

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 …

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 …