JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

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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 …

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 …

Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan leaves London to head to Jutland 100 events

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HMS DUNCAN sailed down the Thames on Thursday evening after a week long visit to the capital. The Royal Navy’s newest warship, which arrived May 20th, squeezed out of West India Docks at Canary Wharf at about 6pm. Before leaving London, the Type 45 destroyer received a visit from the Duke of York. Prince Andrew, who reached the rank of Commander in …

HMS Kent sets sail for Battle of Jutland commemorations

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HMS KENT departed London today, bound for Scotland where she will take part in commemorations for the Battle of Jutland centenary. The Type-23 frigate exited West India Docks shortly after 10am this morning after arriving in the capital last Thursday. It’s 100 years since the greatest naval battle of World War I took place and HMS Kent now heads to Rosyth where …

Viking Sea becomes largest cruise ship ever christened on the Thames

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LONDON saw its biggest ever cruise ship christening yesterday when Viking Sea arrived in town. The brand new, 227 metre long cruise ship sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich shortly after midday. 28 sailors were manning the yard arm of Cutty Sark, the iconic clipper ship, at Greenwich to welcome Viking Sea to London. The cruise ship, capable …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

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LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …

Sailing training ship Esmeralda arrives in London

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THE CHILEAN navy’s sail training tall ship Esmeralda arrived in London earlier this week. The four-masted barquentine made her way up the river on Wednesday morning after spending the previous evening moored near Southend. 113-metres in length and constructed in the late 1940s with a steel hull, Esmeralda was met on her arrival in the capital by dark cloudy skies and …

Gallery: Ocean Majesty arriving in London

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CRUISE ship Ocean Majesty sailed in to the capital in glorious evening sunshine today. The 1966-built vessel moored alongside HMS Belfast just after 8pm and will remain there until tomorrow evening. OnTheThames.net captured the 135-metre long ship, originally built as the ferry Juan March, at the Thames Barrier where she was met by Svitzer tugs Cecilia and Mercia who carried …

Ship Pics: MS The World

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The World is a huge residential ship that constantly cruises from city to city for the enjoyment of the people living on board. It’s two years since MS The World last visited London, arriving April 30th 2013 and leaving on May 3rd. The 196-metre long ship was launched in 2002. She has 12 decks and 165 residences in various sizes …

HMS Westminster arrives in London

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The Royal Navy frigate HMS WESTMINSTER arrived in London just after lunchtime today. The Type-23 vessel came up the Thames on a sunny September day and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until next Monday. She was accompanied on her inbound journey by Svitzers Brunel and Cecilia and the Met Police’s Nina Mackay II. While in London, the …