Annual Great River Race takes place on the Thames

Rob Powell Events, News, Rowing Leave a Comment

HUNDREDS of craft were rowed 21 miles up the Thames yesterday for the 2016 Great River Race. Rowers had windy and rainy conditions to contend with as they powered their boats from Millwall Docks slipway on the Isle of Dogs up to Ham, Richmond. The colourful event, known has London’s river marathon, has been an annual fixture on the Thames …

Clipper ship Stad Amsterdam visits London

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Dutch clipper ship Stad Amsterdam left London after spending the summer Bank Holiday weekend in the capital. The three masted vessel sailed up the Thames last week and moored in West India Docks. Launched in 2000, the 76-metre long tall ship has been a regular visitor to London over recent years. She departed London yesterday at midday bound for Hamburg. …

Petition and fundraising campaigns launched to save HMS President

Staff Writer Heritage vessels, Military, News 9 Comments

A PETITION and fundraising campaign have been launched to try and save HMS President – one of three surviving Royal Navy ships from WWI. The ship, which was moored on the Victoria Embankment for over 90 years until she had to move earlier this year, is currently in Chatham Docks facing an uncertain future after the trust that looks after her …

Competitors take on London River Rat Race to raise money for Shelter

Vickie Flores Events, News Leave a Comment

HUNDREDS of competitors ran, swam and negotiated obstacles during the 10km race in London’s Docklands to raise money for the homeless charity, Shelter. During the ’The Rat Race’ which is billed as London’s only water obstacle course, participants completed gruelling tasks in the cold open waters of Royal Victoria Docks on the River Thames. The scariest looking obstacle of the event …

JDS Kashima says sayonora to London after first visit

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143-METRE-LONG Japanese training ship JDS Kashima sailed down the Thames yesterday afternoon. Kashima arrived in London on Sunday for a three day visit with graduate students on board from the Marine Self Defense Force. Tower Bridge lifted for the departure of the JDS Kashima at 1430 with two Kotug vessels alongside to assist  the ship out of the Pool of …

Tilbury river crossing out of action due to cruise ship “hitting ferry”

Staff Writer Incidents, News 6 Comments

The ferry between Gravesend and Tilbury was of action on Thursday (4th) after being struck by a 222-metre long cruise ship leaving London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, yesterday. A handwritten sign at Gravesend town pier notified passengers that the Duchess M ferry was not operating due to “the Magellan hitting [the] ferry.” Although it’s not thought the ferry was damaged, she …

JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

Rob Powell Military, News 1 Comment

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 …

Clipper Race yachts return to London after 11 month voyage around the world

Rob Powell News 1 Comment

ELEVEN months after setting off from London, the Round The World Clipper Race yachts have returned to the capital. Friends, family and spectators were on passenger boats and along the Thames to greet the returning crews after an eventful 10th edition of the race which was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The LMAX Exchange yacht was the overall winner of …