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 …

New operator takes over the Tilbury Ferry service

Rob PowellNews, Passenger Vessels

A NEW operator has taken over the historic Tilbury Ferry service today. The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel. It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries …

FGS Oker sails down the Thames

Rob PowellNavy, News

A GERMAN navy intelligence ship was seen sailing down the Thames this afternoon. FGS Oker (A53) arrived in the capital under the cover of darkness late last week and has spent the weekend moored alongside HMS Belfast. The Type 423 Oste class ship, commissioned in 1988, set off early this afternoon with Tower Bridge lifting for her at 2pm. With …

SS Robin to move to Trinity Buoy Wharf

Rob PowellHeritage vessels, News

HISTORIC SS Robin looks set to move from her current home in the Royal Docks to Trinity Buoy Wharf. The SS Robin Trust which maintains the steam ship say the relocation of the Robin will secure her long term future. SS Robin is the last surviving British-built steam coaster and is listed on the National Historic Fleet register. She has had previous spells …

Greenpeace ship Esperanza sails up the Thames with a message for Sainbury’s

Rob PowellNews

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza sailed up the Thames this afternoon to moor at St George’s Stairs near Tower Bridge. The 72 metre long vessel, in the distinctive Greenpeace livery, arrived on a clear but chilly November afternoon. Fixed to the ship, which was originally a Soviet fire fighting vessel, was a banner saying “Stop killing our oceans.” Greenpeace has been calling …

The Thames pays its respects to the fallen on Armistice Day

Rob PowellNews

TOWER Bridge lifted in salute as a poppy wreath was carried up the River Thames to mark Armistice Day last week. The wreath was borne by the motor vessel Havengore, famous for also carrying the coffin of Churchill on the day of his funeral back in 1965. Followed by a small flotilla of vessels, the former PLA hydrographic survey boat left …

Apprentice Thames Barge Driving Race takes place this weekend

Rob PowellEvents, Rowing

THE THAMES will be play host to the now-annual Apprentice Thames Barge Driving Race on Saturday 29th October. The barges, powered only by oars or sweeps, will race in strong tidal currents along a seven-mile course from Greenwich to Westminster. The Apprentice’s race has been set up in recent years to complement the the annual Thames Barge Driving Race which …

148 bedroom floating hotel arrives on the Thames

Rob PowellNews

A LUXURY floating hotel with 148 bedrooms has arrived on the Thames after being towed across the North Sea. The Good Hotel is a not-for-profit that has been open in Amsterdam for the past year, retraining and employing 70 local people. Now the social enterprise has moved to East London where it plans to join the capital’s other floating hotel in the …

Waverley begins Thames season in 70th anniversary year

Rob PowellHeritage vessels, News

POPULAR paddle steamer Waverley has arrived on the River Thames for her annual season. The last sea-going paddle steamer in the World arrived at Gravesend on Friday afternoon in September sunshine before heading up to Tower Pier that evening. Waverley’s traditional red, white and black twin funnels will again be a familiar sight as she carries out her excursions up and …

Andrey Melnichenko’s superyacht “A” sails down the Thames

Rob PowellNews, Superyachts

ONE of the most eye-catching and expensive superyachts ever seen in the capital sailed down the river yesterday morning. After a week of turning heads with its distinctive lines, Motor Yacht “A” departed under Tower Bridge at 0730 on Saturday morning. Reported to be on the market for about $300 million, the 119 metre long vessel was designed by Philippe …