NATO minesweeper fleet arrives in London

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AN INTERNATIONAL minesweeper fleet arrived in West India Dock this week. NATO’s Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) fleet comprises naval vessels from Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, the Nethlands, Germany and Latvia, who currently have command of the fleet. The fleet has also visited Belfast and Plymouth in the last month. The port visit is expected to last until this …

Stad Amsterdam visits London

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THE BEAUTIFUL three-masted clipper STAD AMSTERDAM arrived in London earlier this week. Launched in 2001, she won the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race a year later and has become a regular visitor to London. Her visit coincides with, but is not related to, the Tall Ships Festival taking place in London this weekend. Stad Amsterdam arrived at West India Docks …

HMS Montrose makes first visit to London

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THE TYPE-23 frigate HMS MONTROSE (F236) is at West India Dock for her first ever visit to London. The Duke-class vessel arrived at about 3am on Thursday morning. Although not open to the public on this visit, a number of engagements have been held on board involving youth groups, schools and the local community. A fundraising event on board in …

German minesweepers visit London

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AN ARRAY of German naval vessels have arrived at London’s West India Dock for a port visit. The armada of German hardware  includes three Ensdorf-class minesweepers: SIEGBURG, AUERBACH/OBERPFALZ and HAMELN. These 55-metre vessels are the motherships to the drone SEEHUND vessels, which are capable of being remotely controlled. Also part of the visit are the Walchensee class tanker, AMMERSEE, and the Elbe-class …

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 …

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 …

Massey Shaw returns to London

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FAMED and much loved fireboat MASSEY SHAW has returned to London. The oft-delayed return to the capital finally happened this morning with the fireboat making the journey from Avonmouth on a low loader lorry. Shortly after midday she was craned in to the West India Dock from Wood Wharf and towed across to the Docklands Scout Project. Thanks to Heritage …