Tall ship Kaskelot arrives at West India Dock

Rob PowellTall Ships

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 …

Friday Photo: Greenwich from Island Gardens

Rob PowellFriday Photo

THE VIEW of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College from Island Gardens is one of the beautiful in London and was famously recorded in Canaletto’s ‘View of Greenwich from the River‘. The land at Island Gardens, or “Scrap Iron Park” as it was previously known, was bought by the Greenwich Hospital estate so that its pensioners could continue to enjoy the …

Cable car rehearse escape procedure over the Thames

Rob PowellIncidents

AN AERIAL response team performed a dramatic rescue ninety metres above the Thames yesterday – but it was just for a training exercise. The operators of the Emirates Air Line are required to practise what would happen in the unlikely event of a problem occuring mid transit. Shortly after 8am, the emergency responders in orange hi-viz outfits started climbing out …

Tilbury welcomes its largest container ship ever: Cap San Lorenzo

Rob PowellContainer Ships

Hamburg Süd’s huge new container ship CAP SAN LORENZO arrived at Northfleet Hope, London Container Terminal, yesterday afternoon. The brand new vessel is part of Hamburg Süd’s new Cap San class of ship and was only christened last month in Buenos Aires. The arrival of Cap San Lorenzo at Tilbury had shipping enthusiasts reaching for the record books. With a …

Friday Photo: Woolwich Sunset

Rob PowellWeather

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.

London Bridge and HMS Belfast anniversaries

Rob PowellBridges, Navy

TWO icons of the Upper Pool of London have had their birthdays in the past two days, with London Bridge having its 41st birthday and HMS Belfast turning 76. The present London Bridge was officially on March 16th in 1973. The modern bridge was built to replace John Rennie’s London Bridge that was opened in 1831 and was later sold …

Friday Photo: Foggy river at Gravesend

Rob PowellFriday Photo, Weather

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 …

Friday Photo: Woolwich Whale

Rob PowellFriday Photo

THIS photo of the Woolwich Whale is one of the photos and exhibits that features in a temporary exhibition running until the end of this month. The whale became stranded in the Thames in Woolwich back in 1899 and sadly died. The photo is on show at the Treasure Trove exhibition at Greenwich Heritage Centre. The Greenwich Heritage Centre is …

PLA begins consulting on Bugsby’s Reach name change

Rob PowellNews

THE PORT of London Authority has begun consulting on its plans to change the name of Bugsby’s Reach. Bugsby’s Reach is the stretch of the Thames from the tip of the Greenwich Peninsula down its eastern side to Charlton. In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Waterman’s Company, the PLA proposes to change the name of Bugsby’s Reach to …