Gloriana to lead Thames flotilla celebrating Queen’s 90th birthday

Rob PowellEvents, News

A STUNNING flotilla on the River Thames will take place on Saturday June 11th to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. QRB Gloriana will lead the flotilla which will include Havengore, famous for carrying Churchill’s coffin on the day of his funeral, and the legendary fireboat Massey Shaw. The Royal shallop Jubilant, the Drapers’ Company barge Royal Thamesis, the Thames Limo charter …

Royal Navy’s newest warship visits London

Rob PowellNavy, News

A ROYAL Navy Type-45 destroyer sailed up the Thames to West India Docks today. The port visit to the capital is the first by HMS Duncan – the sixth and final of the Daring-class ships which were built by BAE Systems Maritime. By the time she reached the Thames Barrier, the 8,000 tonne ship was accompanied by a trio of Svitzer tugs – …

HMS Kent sets sail for Battle of Jutland commemorations

Rob PowellNavy, News

HMS KENT departed London today, bound for Scotland where she will take part in commemorations for the Battle of Jutland centenary. The Type-23 frigate exited West India Docks shortly after 10am this morning after arriving in the capital last Thursday. It’s 100 years since the greatest naval battle of World War I took place and HMS Kent now heads to Rosyth where …

HMS Kent arrives in London for weekend-long visit

Rob PowellNavy, News

TYPE-23 frigate HMS Kent has arrived in London for a weekend-long visit The Duke-class frigate sailed up the Thames to the capital this afternoon, passing the county whose Duchy she is named after en route. She arrived at West India Docks at about 6.30pm where she will remain until Monday. The ship’s company will give Capability Demonstration during her visit for …

Viking Sea becomes largest cruise ship ever christened on the Thames

Rob PowellCruise Ships, News

LONDON saw its biggest ever cruise ship christening yesterday when Viking Sea arrived in town. The brand new, 227 metre long cruise ship sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich shortly after midday. 28 sailors were manning the yard arm of Cutty Sark, the iconic clipper ship, at Greenwich to welcome Viking Sea to London. The cruise ship, capable …