Photos: Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016

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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

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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 …

Tall ships arrive in London from Mexico and the United States

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TWO tall ships arrived on the Thames from Mexico and the United States this week – and they’re both open to the public this weekend. First to arrive at West India Docks was the Mexican navy’s sail training ship ARM Cuauhtémoc.  Dressed in colourful signal flags, the 90 metre long barque came up the Thames on Tuesday afternoon, with sailors manning …

HMS Bulwark visits London to host Royal Navy photographic awards

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ALBION-class assault ship HMS Bulwark arrived in London late on Sunday evening. 176-metre long Bulwark sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich Ship Tier shortly before 01:00 having recently taken part in events off Orkney to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. On Tuesday night the ship hosted the prestigious Peregrine Trophy which celebrates the work …

RMS St Helena in London for farewell visit

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ROYAL Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena arrived on the Thames yesterday as part of her farewell tour. The passenger and cargo ship has been the only means of accessing the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic but the opening of a new airport is forcing her retirement after 26 years of service. The 105 metre long vessel …