Petition and fundraising campaigns launched to save HMS President

Staff WriterHeritage vessels, Navy, News

A PETITION and fundraising campaign have been launched to try and save HMS President – one of three surviving Royal Navy ships from WWI. The ship, which was moored on the Victoria Embankment for over 90 years until she had to move earlier this year, is currently in Chatham Docks facing an uncertain future after the trust that looks after her …

Competitors take on London River Rat Race to raise money for Shelter

Vickie FloresEvents, News

HUNDREDS of competitors ran, swam and negotiated obstacles during the 10km race in London’s Docklands to raise money for the homeless charity, Shelter. During the ’The Rat Race’ which is billed as London’s only water obstacle course, participants completed gruelling tasks in the cold open waters of Royal Victoria Docks on the River Thames. The scariest looking obstacle of the event …

Classic Thames sailing barge seeks new owner for rebuild

Staff WriterNews, Sailing Barges

A NEW owner is being sought for a classic Thames sailing barge which dates back 120 years. Sailing Barge Beric was built in Harwich in 1896 and has a varied career, from her original purpose moving cargo up and down the river through to being a house boat, a night club and charter boat. Listed on the National Historic Ships …

JDS Kashima says sayonora to London after first visit

Staff WriterNavy, News

143-METRE-LONG Japanese training ship JDS Kashima sailed down the Thames yesterday afternoon. Kashima arrived in London on Sunday for a three day visit with graduate students on board from the Marine Self Defense Force. Tower Bridge lifted for the departure of the JDS Kashima at 1430 with two Kotug vessels alongside to assist  the ship out of the Pool of …

Tilbury river crossing out of action due to cruise ship “hitting ferry”

Staff WriterIncidents, News

The ferry between Gravesend and Tilbury was of action on Thursday (4th) after being struck by a 222-metre long cruise ship leaving London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, yesterday. A handwritten sign at Gravesend town pier notified passengers that the Duchess M ferry was not operating due to “the Magellan hitting [the] ferry.” Although it’s not thought the ferry was damaged, she …

Historic HMS President (1918) could be heading for scrap yard

Staff WriterNavy, News

HISTORIC warship HMS President (1918) could be condemned to the scrap yard says the charity that maintains her after the ship lost out on lottery funding. After spending over ninety years moored at the Victoria Embankment, the ship had to be moved earlier this year to make way for the major Thames Tideway Tunnel sewer project The ship was towed …