Current fleet of Woolwich ferry boats to retire on Friday

Rob PowellNews, Passenger Vessels

THE LAST river crossings on the current fleet of Woolwich ferries will take place on Friday 5th October. The popular foot and vehicle crossing between Woolwich and North Woolwich will be out of action from Saturday until late December while work takes place on the piers to accommodate the brand new boats ordered by TFL. For local people it will …

Beluga whale spotted in the River Thames

Rob PowellNews

THE stunning spectacle of what appeared to be Beluga Whale in the Thames greeted river watchers earlier today. Crowds from far and wide gathered along the foreshore east of Gravesend for a rare glimpse of the whale as it fed close to moored barges. It was reported to be the southern most sighting ever for the white cetacean which is more …

New statue of the Queen unveiled in Gravesend

Rob PowellNews

A NEW statue of the Queen was unveiled close to the River Thames at Gravesend today. The sculpture by Douglas Jennings MRBS was commissioned to commemorate the Queen who became the longest reigning British monarch in September 2015. The bronze statue, which sits on a plinth in St Andrew’s Gardens, has been funded by a number of private organisations and …

Gloriana pictured on the Thames in the annual Tudor Pull

Rob PowellEvents

THE QUEEN’S Row Barge Gloriana has again taken part in the traditional Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London. The colourful annual event sees a flotilla of traditional craft rowed between the two historic riverside locations. A ‘stela’ was handed over to the custody of Her Majesty’s Bargemaster at Hampton Court and carried down the river …

London’s cruise ship season starts with arrival of Viking Sun

Staff WriterCruise Ships

NEW 228-metre-long cruise ship Viking Sun sailed up the Thames in the early hours of Friday morning – the first cruise visitor to the capital this year. The ship, which was finishing her maiden 141 night round-the-world cruise that started in Miami last year, is the fourth in the Viking Star-class. Viking Sun, with a capacity of 930 passengers, spent …

Thames flotilla

Lord Mayor’s “No”: City of London pageant sinks Thames flotilla

Staff WriterNews

A flotilla of traditional Thames craft led by the Queen’s row barge Gloriana has been axed from this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. QRB Gloriana and the Traditional Thames Rowing Association (TTRA) have been told they will not feature in the pageant which takes places in November. The ancient tradition of carrying the new Lord Mayor of London down the river …

Super blue blood moon appears over the Thames

Staff WriterWeather

A STUNNING supermoon was seen rising over the Thames in London late yesterday afternoon. Rain and clouds which had dominated the morning sky cleared away in time to provide a clear view of the rising moon. According to NASA, it was a “super blood moon” due to the phenomenon whereby the moon appears reddish in colour and particularly large and …

Storm Eleanor forces Thames Barrier closure

Staff WriterWeather

STORM Eleanor forced the Environment Agency to raise the Thames Barrier yesterday to protect London from flooding. High tide levels combined with Eleanor’s surge meant that the iconic flood protection system was required to act – the 180th time it has done so in response to a flood threat since it became operational in 1984. The barrier in south east …