Gloriana bound for St Katharine Docks after winter storage

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames after her period of winter storage at the Port of London Authority’s facility at Denton Wharf, Gravesend. She was lowered in to the Thames by the PLA’s 70-tonne capacity boat-lift shortly before midday and then towed up river to St Katharine Docks by the CPBS-owned tug, Mad Dog. The beautiful 29-metre-long vessel will …

Enderby House campaigners discuss future of historic site

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Campaigners have laid out potential ideas “to inspire enthusiasm and support” for possibilities at the historic Enderby Wharf site in east Greenwich which includes Enderby House. Guests at the Enderby Group’s meeting this morning were given a guided walk followed by a presentation about the site where developer Barratt Homes are building hundreds of new flats and a cruise terminal has …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

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LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …

SNMCMG1 arrives in London

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A FLEET of NATO warships have arrived in London for a port visit. Vessels from Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 1 began to arrive at West India Dock last night with a second wave come up the Thames today. Under the command of Peter Bergen Henegouwen, the mine hunting group includes vessels from Britain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Norway …

Thames calendar for 2016 now available

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The ‘On The Thames 2016’ photo calendar is now available to buy online and in shops around London and the south east. It is the third year that I’ve produced a calendar using my photographs from the river Thames and have again included a mix of warships, cruise ships, tall ships and more. This edition of the calendar also includes …

Tattershall Castle back on the Thames

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THE paddlesteamer Tattershall Castle was back on the Thames today as her refit nears completion. The famous old Humber ferry left her mooring at the embankment late in January and headed up to Hull for a refit. She returned to the Thames today but is not yet ready to return to London – she has entered Tilbury docks where the remainder …

Song of the Whale searches the Thames for porpoises

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A SURVEY vessel was on the Thames last week counting the number of harbour porpoises there are on the river. RV SONG OF THE WHALE spent several days checking numbers of the population of the mammals in the river’s tidal stretch which has grown as the Thames has become cleaner over recent years. The research in to the Thames porpoise population was …

Mystery skeleton-like object spotted in the Thames at Gravesend

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PHOTOGRAPHS of a mysterious object on the foreshore at Gravesend caused headlines around the world this week. The strange skeleton-like object is lying below the town pier in Gravesend and from a distance has an alarming resemblance to something sinister. But upon closer inspection, the Thames “skeleton” reveals itself to just be rope and pipes creating an optical illusion when …

Will Gloriana return for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show?

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THE TRADITIONAL Thames Rowing Association has raised the prospect of the Queen’s row barge Gloriana not appearing at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day Thames procession. Privately commissioned in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has since become a popular sight at regattas and events on the river and helped revive an ancient tradition of carrying the new …