Friday Photo: German tall ship on On The Thames calendar cover

Rob PowellFriday Photo

For the second year running, I have made a Thames photo calendar with some of my favourite pictures from the river. The front cover has on it the striking German tall ship Alexander Von Humboldt II which visited London earlier this year. With it still being August, it’s perhaps a little early for most people to be thinking about calendars …

Italian warship departs London

Rob PowellNavy

THE ITALIAN warship Luigi Durand De La Penne departed London yesterday afternoon. The guided-missile destroyer has been in the capital since last week, moored at West India Dock with officers in training on board. While she was in London, the warship was open to the public on four days and also hosted receptions and events on board. She was out …

New bitumen terminal receives first visitor

Rob PowellIndustry

A NEW bitumen terminal in Kent received its first visitor on Saturday morning. Dartford-based FM Conway have developed the new terminal on the old Imperial Wharf site in Gravesend. Work to take down the distinctive old cranes at the site got under way in October last year. Tanker Theodora arrived there on Saturday morning – the first ship to moor there for …

Italian warship Luigi Durand De La Penne arrives in London

Rob PowellNavy

ONE of the Italian navy’s Durand de la Penne class destroyers sailed in to London today, mooring at West India Docks. The 147-metre long LUIGI DURAND DE LA PENNE arrived at the entrance to the Docks at about 10.45 and was moored inside about an hour later. Named after an Italian navy diver who served in the Italo-Ethiopian war and WWII, …

Silver Cloud cruise ship arrives in London

Rob PowellCruise Ships

SILVER CLOUD arrived in London last night for a one-day visit. The Silverseas-owned vessel moored alongside HMS Belfast in the Upper Pool at about 8pm, basking in the last of the evening sun. The 157-metre long cruise ship had set off from Stockholm eleven days earlier, calling at Estonia, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands en route. SILVER CLOUD departs the …