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 Navy, 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 …

Up to 50 hot air balloons glide over the Thames at sunrise

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ALMOST fifty hot air balloons took to the skies this morning to form an incredible sight over the capital. The fleet of balloons took off from Burgess Park just after sunrise and drifted across the river Thames. Early risers were treated to the stunning spectacle as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta filled the morning sky. The flotilla of craft glided east …