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 …

Friday Photo: Polar cruise ship Sea Spirit

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Quark Expeditions’ SEA SPIRIT entered Tilbury docks last weekend. The 90m “luxury expedition vessel” takes passengers to destinations such as the Arctic and the Antarctic. After a lay up at Tilbury, her next schedule trip is to Spitsbergen in June. While I was waiting for SEA SPIRIT, I grabbed a photo of sailing boat POSH TOTTY as she passed.

King George I arrives at Hampton Court Palace on Gloriana

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The Queen’s Row Barge GLORIANA has performed her first duty of 2014 – carrying King George I to Hampton Court Palace. The Thames Alive-managed row barge was rowed to the historic palace this morning with the first King George, who became monarch in 1698, on board. The royal appearance, which will be repeated across the long Easter weekend, is part …

Superyacht Kamalaya arrives in sunny London

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A recently-built, 55-metre superyacht arrived in London yesterday lunchtime. As London enjoyed glorious sunshine, the superyacht KAMALAYA made her way up to the Thames where she entered West India Dock. The privately owned yacht has just completed a voyage across the Atlantic ocean, making a short stop at Bermuda on the way. KAMALAYA, the first big superyacht to arrive in …

QRB Gloriana returns to the Thames

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames for her 2014 season. Her return to the river at Denton, Gravesend, comes four months after she was taken out of the water for winter storage. The beautiful row barge, managed by Thames Alive, was created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and is now a popular sight at regattas …