Thames Calendar for 2018 now on sale

Rob PowellNews

THE On The Thames 2018 photo calendar has been released and is now available to buy online. It the fifth consecutive year that the pictorial calendar has been produced and one again it celebrates the sights up and down the tidal stretch of the river. This year’s edition has the heritage steam tug Portwey at Tower Bridge adorning the front …

Two Chinese frigates arrive in the capital

Rob PowellNavy, News

TWO frigates from China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy sailed up the River Thames today. The Type 054A ships Huanggang (577) and Yangzhou (578) arrived at West India Docks and they will be followed this evening by the 18-month old Type 903 replenishment ship Gaoyouhu which will go in to the Royal Docks. Just an hour separated the arrivals this morning …

Tilbury Power Station chimneys reduced to rubble

Staff WriterNews

TWO huge chimneys at Tilbury Power Station have been brought crashing down to the ground this morning, At 8am the tallest standing concrete structures in Essex were razed to the ground in a controlled demolition at the decommissioned power station. Crowds had gathered at vantage points in Tilbury and along the riverside in Gravesend to watch the local landmarks disappear …

Waverley arrives on the Thames for 2017 season

Staff WriterNews, Passenger Vessels

POPULAR paddle steamer Waverley has arrived on the river for the start of her 2017 Thames season. This year’s programme of excursions, which coincides with the 70th anniversary year of her maiden voyage, is already sold out on many days. On sunny Friday afternoon, she steamed up the Thames, stopping at Southend, Gravesend and then making her way up to …

30th Great River Race held on the Thames

Rob PowellEvents, News, Rowing

HUNDREDS of boats took part in the 2017 Great River Race on the River Thames yesterday afternoon. It was the 30th time that London’s river marathon has been held, with over 300 craft taking on the 21 mile challenge. The crews, many from around the world, set off from Millwall slipway on the Isle of Dogs 12.40pm. According to the …

Brazilian sail training ship Cisne Branco arrives in London

Staff WriterNavy, News, Tall Ships

THE BRAZILIAN navy’s sail training ship Cisne Branco sailed up the River Thames yesterday afternoon for a port visit to London. The ship was dressed overall, bringing some much needed colour to the Thames on a dull day as she made her way up the river to arrive at West India Docks at about 2.30pm. Built in Amsterdam, the 74 …

Tanker runs aground near Swanscombe peninsula

Staff WriterIncidents, News

A 144 metre long oil & chemical tanker ran aground in the River Thames on Wednesday night. Arsland had departed Purfleet and was rounding Swancombe Peninsula at Broadness when she went aground. Svizter tugs Madeline, Bootle and London assisted with pulling the Hamburg-bound vessel clear. The incident was also attended by the oil cleanup vessel Recover and the PLA’s Southwark. …

Dunkirk hero ship Ena pictured decaying at Hoo

Staff WriterNews, Sailing Barges

WHILE the new Dunkirk movie rides high at the box office, one of the ships from Operation Dynamo is lying rotting in Kent. 111 year old Sailing Barge Ena is currently decaying in a barge graveyard in the River Medway at Hoo. The historic vessel was sailed out to Dunkirk on 31st May 1940 to help with the evacuation but …

Thames Clippers to run trials of commuter service from Gravesend to London

Staff WriterPassenger Vessels

GRAVESEND commuters will get the chance to try travelling┬áto London and back by boat in a four day trial next month. MBNA Thames Clippers will be┬árunning the trial service from Gravesend town pier into central London, stopping at Canary Wharf, Tower Pier, Blackfriars and Embankment. The service will get passengers from Gravesend to Canary Wharf in just 48 minutes and …