Friday Photo: Thames Barrier closure anniversary

Staff WriterFriday Photo

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first closure of the Thames Barrier. The first closure of the flood protection system was a test closure, as most of its closures have been. The flood protection system on the river at Charlton has been operational since 1982 but was officially opened by the Queen in 1984. Here are some photos of …

Friday Photo: Nina Mackay II

Rob PowellFriday Photo

NINA Mackay II is a Targa 31 boat used the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Policing Unit based in Wapping. The boat was named in honour of WPC Nina Mackay who was sadly killed in the line of duty on this very day, seventeen years ago. Here are two photos of NINA MACKAY II on the Thames earlier this year, waiting for …

Thames welcomes its biggest ship ever: Edith Maersk

Rob PowellContainer Ships

THE LARGEST ship ever on the Thames arrived shortly before sunrise this morning. The gargantuan E-Class Edith Maersk came alongside London Gateway, assisted by three tugs. The vast ship smashes the record for the biggest ship on the Thames, measuring 397metres long – that’s the length of four football pitches and is fifty percent longer than Titanic. Her beam is …

Friday Photo: Paddlesteamer Waverley

Rob PowellFriday Photo

It’s the last weekend of Waverley’s season on the Thames for 2014. The popular paddlesteamer can be seen on the river this weekend before returning to Glasgow next week. The 73-metre long vessel is the last sea-going paddlesteamer in the world. Waverley passing Northfleet on her way to Gravesend as the sun sets behind. Waverley arrives at Gravesend passing Marco …

In pictures: Brasil leaving London

Rob PowellNavy

Brazilian navy frigate BRASIL left London last Friday morning after a five day visit to the capital. In what has become an annual visit, the vessel was moored alongside HMS Belfast, leaving an hour before HMS Mersey arrived to occupy the same berth. BRASIL heads down river with a police escort The Shard seen in the background as BRASIL continues …

HMS Mersey visits the Thames

Rob PowellNavy

HMS MERSEY¬†sailed in to London this morning for a five day port visit. The River-Class patrol vessel, one of the busiest vessels in the Royal Navy’s fleet, arrived in to the Upper Pool of London through Tower Bridge at 09:15. The ship’s primary function is to patrol British Fishery Limits and the visit to London will enable a crew change …