German minesweeper squadron visit ends, photos from open ship event

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THE GERMAN minesweeper squadron that visited London over the weekend has now departed the capital. The visiting contingent included four Ensdorf-class Minesweeper vessels, four Seehund remotely controlled drone ships, the Elbe-class tender Mosel (pictured above) and Ammersee, a coastal tanker. The departure of the fleet started last night and finished early this morning. On Saturday, the German navy welcomed members of …

Tall ship Tenacious arrives in London

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The three-masted tall ship TENACIOUS arrived in the capital this afternoon. The blue bridge on the Isle of Dog’s Manchester Road lifted at about 4pm so that the 54-metre long vessel could enter West India Dock. SV TENACIOUS was commissioned in 2000 and is operated by the UK-based Jubilee Sailing Trust charity. Crewed by disabled and able-bodied sailors, the barque …

German minesweepers visit London

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AN ARRAY of German naval vessels have arrived at London’s West India Dock for a port visit. The armada of German hardware  includes three Ensdorf-class minesweepers: SIEGBURG, AUERBACH/OBERPFALZ and HAMELN. These 55-metre vessels are the motherships to the drone SEEHUND vessels, which are capable of being remotely controlled. Also part of the visit are the Walchensee class tanker, AMMERSEE, and the Elbe-class …

National Geographic Explorer visits London

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EXPLORER, the flasgship of the National Geographic Expeditions fleet, has left London this afternoon after a short visit. The 112-metre vessel arrived in the capital last night and moored at George’s Stairs close to Tower Bridge. National Geographic Expeditions says the vessel, “is one of the finest expedition ships on the seas, able to reach some of the planet’s most …

Hamburg in London: 2014’s first cruise visitor to the capital

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LONDON’s 2014 cruise season got started last night with the arrival of HAMBURG. The 144-metre cruise ship passed through a raised Tower Bridge at 8.30pm and moored alongside HMS BELFAST. HAMBURG is operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten and previously sailed under the name C. Columbus. Other cruise ships due to visit London this year include SEADREAM 1, LE BOREAL, SEABOURN LEGEND, …

Thames Barrier marks 30th anniversary

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THE THAMES Barrier was officially opened by HM The Queen thirty years ago today. Four days of events are being held at the Barrier visitor centre to mark the 30th anniversary of London’s flood protection gates. The barrier, sometimes called the eight wonder of the World, is having a test closure today. In total, the Thames Barrier has been closed …

Friday Photo: The World in London in 2013

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THIS time last year, the residential cruise ship THE WORLD was in London. The large vessel is home to its passengers as they constantly travel the world. I got these pictures of her arriving in London on April 30th 2013. She stayed for for several days at Greenwich and departed on May 3rd. She is scheduled to return to the …

German barque Alexander Von Humboldt II visits London

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THE BEAUTIFUL German tall ship ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT II arrived in London this afternoon for a two day visit. The 65-metre barque with distinctive green hull looked spectacular as she passed London’s landmarks on her inbound journey to the Upper Pool. It’s the first visit to London for the three-masted vessel which was launched in 2011 and is owned by …