Marco Polo returns to home port of Tilbury

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THE CRUISE liner MARCO POLO returned to London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury late on Saturday night, a day after a passenger was sadly killed on board. The 22,000-tonne vessel arrived back at her home port shortly before ten o’clock on Saturday. The end of her 42-night cruise hit the headlines when a “freak wave” crashed through windows in the Walforf …

Passenger dies on Marco Polo cruise ship

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A FREAK wave has left one passenger dead and others injured on the cruise ship MARCO POLO. The vessel was on her back to her home port of Tilbury when the incident happened today in the English Channel. Reports say that the water crashed through a window, killing an 85-year-old man. Another passenger was air-lifted from the ship. Operator Cruise …

Platform: In defence of “Bugsby’s Reach”

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Thanks to Dr Mary Mills from the Greenwich Industrial History Society for this article – the first in our new Platform series, where issues relating to the river are raised in essays and opinion pieces. We understand that moves are afoot to change the name of the bit of river which runs from the tip of the Greenwich Peninsula to …

Police piggy-back rescue at Eel Pie Island

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Eel Pie Island (File Photo) POLICE officers gave piggy-back rides to members of the public left stranded by flooding at Eel Pie Island on Tuesday. Twenty-five people were cut off from the road at Twickenham because the river had risen up, leaving them unable to leave the island via the footbridge. Six Special Constables from Twickenham MPS waded through the …

Thames Barrier raised 31 years after first closure

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THE THAMES Barrier was closed yesterday, exactly thirty-one years after it was first raised to protect London. London’s iconic flood defence system has been operational since 1982 but was first closed in response to a flood thread on February 1st, 1983. After that first closure in 1983, it would be almost three years before the barrier needed to be raised …

German frigate leaves London

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THE GERMAN frigate SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN departed the capital earlier today. The Brandenburg-class warship had been moored alongside HMS BELFAST since Friday and departed through Tower Bridge this morning at 10.10. She was the second naval visitor to the Upper Pool of London so far in 2014, following a visit by the Royal Navy’s HMS ARGYLL by just a few days. …

RNLI rescue man by Waterloo Bridge

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THE RNLI have rescued a man from the river by Waterloo Bridge. The crew from the RNLI Tower station sprung into action ninety seconds after members of the public who witnessed the incident raised the alarm on Thursday (23rd) evening at about half past five. Lifeboat helm Keith Cima said: “We could see from where the crowd of people were …