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 …

The Thames pays its respects to the fallen on Armistice Day

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TOWER Bridge lifted in salute as a poppy wreath was carried up the River Thames to mark Armistice Day last week. The wreath was borne by the motor vessel Havengore, famous for also carrying the coffin of Churchill on the day of his funeral back in 1965. Followed by a small flotilla of vessels, the former PLA hydrographic survey boat left …

148 bedroom floating hotel arrives on the Thames

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A LUXURY floating hotel with 148 bedrooms has arrived on the Thames after being towed across the North Sea. The Good Hotel is a not-for-profit that has been open in Amsterdam for the past year, retraining and employing 70 local people. Now the social enterprise has moved to East London where it plans to join the capital’s other floating hotel in the …

PLA pilot dies in accident at Gravesend

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A PORT of London Authority pilot has died in an accident while boarding the cargo ship Sunmi. The tragic incident occurred on Wednesday shortly after 6pm in Gravesend Reach as the pilot was boarding the ship which was bound for Spain. A statement from the the Port of London Authority confirming the incident says that “PLA teams on duty, the emergency …

Waverley begins Thames season in 70th anniversary year

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POPULAR paddle steamer Waverley has arrived on the River Thames for her annual season. The last sea-going paddle steamer in the World arrived at Gravesend on Friday afternoon in September sunshine before heading up to Tower Pier that evening. Waverley’s traditional red, white and black twin funnels will again be a familiar sight as she carries out her excursions up and …

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 …