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 …

Friday Photo: HMS Trumpeter and Marco Polo

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ARCHER-class patrol vessel HMS TRUMPETER was inbound this morning, passing cruise ship MARCO POLO at the Tilbury landing stage. TRUMPETER came in with sister vessel HMS SMITER and passed outbound HMS PUNCHER in the estuary. The two inbound vessels were heading for the Royal Naval reservists base HMS President which is where PUNCHER had departed from earlier in the morning.

Sunborn London yacht hotel arrives in the Royal Docks

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A new floating hotel called SUNBORN LONDON arrived in the capital yesterday afternoon. The luxury yacht has been turned in to a four star hotel with 138 guestrooms across five levels. The 120-metre long vessel arrived on the Thames at the end of last week and was moored at Tilbury Power Station over the weekend. On Tuesday afternoon, assisted by …

Tall ship Kaskelot arrives at West India Dock

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THREE-masted tall ship KASKELOT arrived in London at the weekend. The 47-metre long barque made the journey from Bristol and reached West India Dock late on Saturday morning. She was built in the late 1940s and started her career as a Baltic trader, helping to get supplies to Greenland. In recent decades she has appeared in many film and television …

Friday Photo: Greenwich from Island Gardens

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THE VIEW of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College from Island Gardens is one of the beautiful in London and was famously recorded in Canaletto’s ‘View of Greenwich from the River’. The land at Island Gardens, or “Scrap Iron Park” as it was previously known, was bought by the Greenwich Hospital estate so that its pensioners could continue to enjoy the …

Cable car rehearse escape procedure over the Thames

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AN AERIAL response team performed a dramatic rescue ninety metres above the Thames yesterday – but it was just for a training exercise. The operators of the Emirates Air Line are required to practise what would happen in the unlikely event of a problem occuring mid transit. Shortly after 8am, the emergency responders in orange hi-viz outfits started climbing out …