Waverley returns to the Thames for 2015 season

Rob PowellHeritage vessels

HISTORIC paddle steamer Waverley has arrived on the Thames for her annual season of trips. The beautiful vessel arrived last Friday and immediately for started on her 2015 programme of Thames excursions. Built in the mid 1940s, Waverley is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world and is listed on the UK’s National Historic Fleet Register. The attractive lines …

Thames salute to the Queen’s long reign

Staff WriterEvents, Heritage vessels, Rowing

THE RIVER Thames paid its own tribute to HM The Queen as she became the country’s longest serving monarch last week (9th September). Tower Bridge opened in salute as a small flotilla led by Queen’s row barge Gloriana made its up up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to the Houses of Parliament. HMS Portland was alongside HMS Belfast, adding to …

HMS Portland in London visit

Rob PowellNavy

THE TYPE-23 frigate HMS Portland paid a short visit to London last week. Visiting the capital to support London International Shipping Week, Portland made her way up the Thames on Tuesday morning. Launched in 1999, HMS Portland is the fifteenth of the Duke-class frigates. She was moored in the Upper Pool alongside HMS Belfast for the duration of stay. Another …

Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge in colourful finish at Tower Bridge

Rob PowellEvents, Rowing

ORANGE shirted supporters and plumes of smoke made for a colourful finish to the Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge at Tower Bridge today. The Marines taking part were today completing the 350km journey from Rotterdam to London which started on 5th September. The Marine Corps Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy added to the sense of occasion as they performed on …

ARC Gloria’s spectacular arrival through Tower Bridge

Rob PowellTall Ships

THE COLOMBIAN sail training ship ARC Gloria arrived through Tower Bridge in spectacular style last Sunday (6th September). With over 60 crew members manning the yard arms and singing the Colombian national anthem, the three masted ship went under Tower Bridge in late evening sunshine. The bridge itself and the banks of the Thames were packed with spectators for the …

Thames calendar for 2016 now available

Rob PowellNews

The ‘On The Thames 2016’ photo calendar is now available to buy online and in shops around London and the south east. It is the third year that I’ve produced a calendar using my photographs from the river Thames and have again included a mix of warships, cruise ships, tall ships and more. This edition of the calendar also includes …