Tilbury river crossing out of action due to cruise ship “hitting ferry”

Staff Writer Incidents, News 6 Comments

The ferry between Gravesend and Tilbury was of action on Thursday (4th) after being struck by a 222-metre long cruise ship leaving London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, yesterday. A handwritten sign at Gravesend town pier notified passengers that the Duchess M ferry was not operating due to “the Magellan hitting [the] ferry.” Although it’s not thought the ferry was damaged, she …

JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

Rob Powell Military, News 1 Comment

Japanese navy ship Kashima sailed up the River Thames yesterday for a three day visit to the capital. The 143-metre long vessel is the training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and arrived through Tower Bridge shortly after 1pm to moor alongside HMS Belfast. Her arrival in London is the latest port visit for the ship which is …

Clipper Race yachts return to London after 11 month voyage around the world

Rob Powell News 1 Comment

ELEVEN months after setting off from London, the Round The World Clipper Race yachts have returned to the capital. Friends, family and spectators were on passenger boats and along the Thames to greet the returning crews after an eventful 10th edition of the race which was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The LMAX Exchange yacht was the overall winner of …

Photos: Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016

Rob Powell Sailing Barges 1 Comment

THE THAMES Sailing Barge Match took place on June 25th for the 85th time, with eight of the historic and distinctive vessels taking part. The event, which first took place in 1863, is reckoned to be the second oldest sailing contest in the world after the America’s Cup. Racing takes place from Mucking No. 3 buoy in Lower Hope Reach …

Welcome to the World: “Residence at Sea” arrives in London

Rob Powell Cruise Ships 2 Comments

MS THE WORLD sailed up the Thames to moor in Greenwich earlier on today. The “residences at sea” ship looks like a cruise liner but actually has 165 privately owned apartments and constantly sails the globe with some of its wealthy passengers on board. Launched in 2002, The World has made several visits to London, the most recent of which was in 2013. The 196-metre …

Up to 50 hot air balloons glide over the Thames at sunrise

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ALMOST fifty hot air balloons took to the skies this morning to form an incredible sight over the capital. The fleet of balloons took off from Burgess Park just after sunrise and drifted across the river Thames. Early risers were treated to the stunning spectacle as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta filled the morning sky. The flotilla of craft glided east …