Putney Bridge closed to traffic until October

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PUTNEY Bridge in South West London has closed to all motor traffic until October. The scheduled closure is so that Wandsworth Council can undertake a £1.5million repair programme on the bridge which was opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1886. While the “vitally-needed repairs” take place to the Grade-II listed structure, pedestrians and cyclists can still cross …

Tower Bridge marks 120th anniversary of opening

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TOWER Bridge celebrates its 120th birthday today! The iconic river crossing was officially opened on this day in 1894 by the then Prince of Wales who went on to become King Edward VII. The task of designing the bridge was thrown open in a public competition and in 1884, a design by Sir Horace Jones was approved. To mark Tower …

Photos: Thames Barge Driving Race 2014

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Photos of the 39th Thames Barge Driving Race which started yesterday (Saturday 28th) at Greenwich and ended at Westminster. The unpowered barges are rowed under oars up the 7 mile course. The race is organised by Thames On Water, which was established in 1974 by a group of journeymen Lightermen and Watermen. Admiral West is the honorary President of TOW …

WWI centenary commemorated on the Thames

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VESSELS moored along the Thames yesterday commemorated the first shots of World War One a hundred years earlier. As part of a UNESCO initiative, all ships at sea were requested to fly their flags and ensigns at half mast on 28th June and ships moored in harbours were encouraged to blast their horns at 6pm (BST). In Gravesend, the PLA …

Cruise ships Astor and Deutschland visit the Thames

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TWO cruise ships arrived on the Thames on the same tide early on Monday morning. Early risers were treated to the sight of two cruise ships making their way up river, with ASTOR mooring at London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, and DEUTSCHLAND carrying on up to Greenwich. ASTOR joined the fleet of Essex-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages on a three …

New permanent home for Gloriana proposed at Twickenham

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A NEW permanent home on the river for the Queen’s Row Barge GLORIANA has been proposed. The vessel was commissioned by former P&O boss and former National Maritime Museum Chairman, Lord Sterling, and launched in 2012 in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Following her starring role in the Thames River Pageant of 2012, she has proven to be a …

Bugsby saved: historic river name to stay

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THE PORT of London Authority has announced it will not be proceeding with plans to rename a stretch of the river. It had planned to change the name Bugsby’s Reach – the stretch down the eastern side of the Greenwich Peninsula – to Watermen’s Reach, in honour of the 500th anniversary of an Act of Parliament regulating watermen, wherrymen and …