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 …

Gloriana bound for St Katharine Docks after winter storage

Rob PowellHeritage vessels, News

THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana has re-entered the Thames after her period of winter storage at the Port of London Authority’s facility at Denton Wharf, Gravesend. She was lowered in to the Thames by the PLA’s 70-tonne capacity boat-lift shortly before midday and then towed up river to St Katharine Docks by the CPBS-owned tug, Mad Dog. The beautiful 29-metre-long vessel will …

Enderby House campaigners discuss future of historic site

Rob PowellIndustry, News

Campaigners have laid out potential ideas “to inspire enthusiasm and support” for possibilities at the historic Enderby Wharf site in east Greenwich which includes Enderby House. Guests at the Enderby Group’s meeting this morning were given a guided walk followed by a presentation about the site where developer Barratt Homes are building hundreds of new flats and a cruise terminal has …

HMS President 1918 arrives at Chatham Docks

Rob PowellNavy, News

HMS PRESIDENT came down the Thames yesterday and turned in to the River Medway where she entered her new temporary home at Chatham Docks. The historic warship from WWI has left the Embankment in London – her home since 1922 – to make way for the new Thames Tideway sewage tunnel works. With her dazzle ship livery, President arrived at Chatham …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

Rob PowellNews, Weather

LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …