London cruise season begins with L’Austral coming up the Thames

Rob PowellCruise Ships

LONDON’s cruise season got under way this afternoon when the cruise ship L’Austral sailed up the Thames. The luxury megayacht-style ship made her way in to London in warm sunshine with blue sky and puffy white clouds above. L’Austral’s arrival into the upper pool alongside HMS Belfast is the first by a cruise ship so far this year. The 142-metre …

German navy vessels leave London after short visit

Staff WriterNavy

THE THREE German navy vessels visiting London sailed out of the capital last Monday. FGS Main, FGS Siegburg and FGS Pegnitz had been in West India Docks over the preceding weekend as part of a fortnight-long squadron exercise. FGS Main was the first of the trio to lock out, seen here after having transited through the Thames Barrier. Auxiliary ship …

Glorious sunshine for Gloriana’s first engagement of 2016

Rob PowellEvents

THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana took part in her first engagement of 2016 today in glorious spring sunshine. A crew of Royal Watermen were on board as Gloriana joined the Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace all the way to the Tower of London. A flotilla of traditional Thames cutters were alongside, as well as the Royal shallop Jubilant, as the …

German navy task group visits London

Rob PowellNavy

THREE vessels from the German navy arrived on the Thames this morning for a weekend long stay at West India Docks. The visiting trio is comprised of FGS Siegburg (pictured above on her 2014 visit), FGS Pegnitz and FGS Main. Members of the public can visit the two minesweepers and auxiliary support vessel on Saturday 16th April, 2pm – 4pm. …

Gloriana bound for St Katharine Docks after winter storage

Rob PowellHeritage vessels, News

THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames after her period of winter storage at the Port of London Authority’s facility at Denton Wharf, Gravesend. She was lowered in to the Thames by the PLA’s 70-tonne capacity boat-lift shortly before midday and then towed up river to St Katharine Docks by the CPBS-owned tug, Mad Dog. The beautiful 29-metre-long vessel will …

Gravesend sunset and sunrise

Rob PowellCruise Ships, Weather

March came to an end and April started last week with a pleasing sunset and sunrise over the Thames at Gravesend. The sun sets on March 31st behind the old West Street station pier at Gravesend. The pier was part of a platform at the old Gravesend West railway station that jutted out on to the river. About 10 hours …