HMS Defender sails out of London

Rob PowellNavy

DARING-Class HMS Defender sailed out of London yesterday on a bright, sunny morning. The Type-45 warship had been in the capital for a six day port visit during which time she welcomed aboard members of the public for tours and helped mark the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli. While she was in London, members of the ship’s company took …

HMS Ocean to visit Greenwich

Rob PowellNavy

BRITAIN’s biggest warship will be visiting London next week. HMS Ocean will arrive at Greenwich Ship Tier just in time for the events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, It will be first time that the Mighty O has been in the capital since her two visits in 2012 when she played an important role safeguarding the capital during the …

Spanish frigate Mendez Nunez arrives in London

Rob PowellNavy

A SPANISH frigate sailed up the Thames yesterday for a weekend-long stay at West India Docks. The 146 metre long vessel came up the river on Friday afternoon, reaching Gravesend at 1630 with the inbound British minehunter HMS Middleton just a short distance ahead. Equipped with the Aegis combat system, Mendez Nunez – listed simply as “Nato Warship” on AIS yesterday – …

HMS Defender in London to mark centenary of Battle of Gallipoli

Rob PowellNavy

DARING-Class Destroyer HMS DEFENDER sailed up the Thames this week, arriving at her mooring at Greenwich early on Wednesday morning. She made her way up the river under the cover of darkness, passing through the Thames Barrier – the first Type-45 vessel to do so – at about 3am. The visit by the 500ft long warship is to coincide with …

Thames estuary sunrise seen from Allhallows

Rob PowellWeather

It’s been a great week weather-wise, with warm days getting started with lovely sunrises. After the wondrous spectacle seen from Gravesend earlier in the week, which made five national newspapers the following day, I decided to travel out to Allhallows in Kent for uninterrupted views of the rising sun over the Thames estuary. In the minutes before sunrise, a warm …

Ship Pics: Atlantic Enterprise

Rob PowellIndustry

ATLANTIC ENTERPRISE recently arrived at Tilbury docks for an upgrade. Formerly known as GECO TRITON, the ship is the Atlantic Marine’s new offshore mothership. According to 4coffshore.com, she is having the DP2 system installed, which is a dynamic positioning system to allow a vessel to maintain a static position using propellors and thrusters. The 6414t vessel was built in 1970 and is …

Beautiful Thames sunrise at Gravesend this morning

Rob PowellWeather

Gravesend in Kent woke up to a beautiful Thames sunrise this morning. A band of orange across spread across the morning sky as the sun rose over the river shortly after 6am. Although the sun disappeared behind thick cloud later in the morning, forecasters say we’re set to have a warm week with the good weather continuing for months to …

Alex 2 to return to London in May

Rob PowellTall Ships

The beautiful tall ship Alexander Von Humboldt II will return to London in May 2015. Her visit in 2014 was one of the highlights on the Thames of the year and indeed she was the cover star of the On The Thames 2015 calendar. The distinctive green hull of the Alex 2, as she is nicknamed, will be seen making …

Tattershall Castle back on the Thames

Staff WriterNews

THE paddlesteamer Tattershall Castle was back on the Thames today as her refit nears completion. The famous old Humber ferry left her mooring at the embankment late in January and headed up to Hull for a refit. She returned to the Thames today but is not yet ready to return to London – she has entered Tilbury docks where the remainder …