Portwey steams past London landmarks

Rob PowellHeritage vessels

Heritage steam tug Portwey delighted onlookers today as she took to the river with passengers on board.

The 1920s built vessel is doing three days of scenic Thames trips, taking passengers from Masthouse Pier up to Tower Bridge, then back down to the Thames Barrier before turning to Masthouse.

The beautiful tug, built by Harland and Wolff on the Clyde, was captured on camera passing iconic London landmarks.

The scenic trips conclude on Sunday with Portwey due to return to her permanent berth in West India Docks following the final trip which begins at 13.00

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Portwey is the last active twin screw, coal fired steam tug in the country is on the listed on the National Historic Ships register.

Portwey passes the O2 at North Greenwich

The pier of Greenwich Power station is behind her as she reaches maritime Greenwich

Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark are just two of the landmarks to spot as Portwey passes Greenwich

Passing Pierhead, Wapping

The steam tug turns at Tower Bridge and heads back down river

Iconic Tower Bridge behind the beautiful Portwey

Skyscrapers in the City fill the sky as Portwey continues down river