Friday Photo: Woolwich Sunset

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Some recent photos of a lovely, warm orange and red sunset on the River Thames at Woolwich. One of the Woolwich ferries, JAMES NEWMAN, makes a crossing. The current ferries have been in service for over fifty years. Thames Clippers’ STORM CLIPPER heads down river as part of its scheduled service to Woolwich.

Friday Photo: Foggy river at Gravesend

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GRAVESEND has sounded like last year’s Ships’ Opera over the past few nights, providing an audible reminder that the busy remains active even on dark, foggy nights. This morning the 300-metre-long Hamburg Sud container vessel SANTA ROSA emerged from the fog at Gravesend shortly before reaching her destination at Tilbury. Other traffic on the river included Transfennica’s PAULINE RUSS and …

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 …

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 …

Bad weather causes flooding along the Thames

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued warnings to areas along the Thames as the river’s level continues to rise. The swollen river has burst its banks in several locations causing localised flooding and road closures along the non-tidal stretch. Following weeks of bad weather and an almost record breaking number of consecutive Thames Barrier closures, flood alerts have been issued at …