HMS Kent sets sail for Battle of Jutland commemorations

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

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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 …