SNMCMG1 arrives in London

Staff WriterNews

A FLEET of NATO warships have arrived in London for a port visit. Vessels from Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 1 began to arrive at West India Dock last night with a second wave come up the Thames today. Under the command of Peter Bergen Henegouwen, the mine hunting group includes vessels from Britain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Norway …

Thames calendar for 2016 now available

Rob PowellNews

The ‘On The Thames 2016’ photo calendar is now available to buy online and in shops around London and the south east. It is the third year that I’ve produced a calendar using my photographs from the river Thames and have again included a mix of warships, cruise ships, tall ships and more. This edition of the calendar also includes …

Tattershall Castle back on the Thames

Staff WriterNews

THE paddlesteamer Tattershall Castle was back on the Thames today as her refit nears completion. The famous old Humber ferry left her mooring at the embankment late in January and headed up to Hull for a refit. She returned to the Thames today but is not yet ready to return to London – she has entered Tilbury docks where the remainder …

Song of the Whale searches the Thames for porpoises

Staff WriterNews

A SURVEY vessel was on the Thames last week counting the number of harbour porpoises there are on the river. RV SONG OF THE WHALE spent several days checking numbers of the population of the mammals in the river’s tidal stretch which has grown as the Thames has become cleaner over recent years. The research in to the Thames porpoise population was …

Mystery skeleton-like object spotted in the Thames at Gravesend

Rob PowellNews

PHOTOGRAPHS of a mysterious object on the foreshore at Gravesend caused headlines around the world this week. The strange skeleton-like object is lying below the town pier in Gravesend and from a distance has an alarming resemblance to something sinister. But upon closer inspection, the Thames “skeleton” reveals itself to just be rope and pipes creating an optical illusion when …

Will Gloriana return for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show?

Rob PowellEvents, News, Rowing

THE TRADITIONAL Thames Rowing Association has raised the prospect of the Queen’s row barge Gloriana not appearing at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day Thames procession. Privately commissioned in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, Gloriana has since become a popular sight at regattas and events on the river and helped revive an ancient tradition of carrying the new …

Tattershall Castle sets off for refit in Hull

Rob PowellNews, Passenger Vessels

THE RENOWNED paddle steamer Tattershall Castle has left the Thames as she sets off on a journey to Hull where she is to receive a refit. She left her mooring under tow earlier in the week and after staying at Woolwich for two nights, she continued down the river today with tugs GPS Avenger and Horton. Built in 1934, the …

Dates for next spectacular tall ship event in London confirmed

Staff WriterNews

THE ROYAL Borough of Greenwich has confirmed it will again be hosting a major tall ships in two year’s time. Following on from last year’s Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, the council has announced that the easter weekend (April 14-17) of 2017 will see some of the world’s largest tall ships in the capital as Greenwich becomes the start host …

Tower Poppies postcard free with Thames Calender until end of November

Rob PowellNews

The poppy installation at the Tower of London this year has been the most successful and memorable piece of public art in recent years, capturing the imagination of millions of people. With the poppies themselves sold out long ago and now being removed, OnTheThames.net is giving away a commemorative postcard which captures this unique event from a special perspective which …

Giant hippo on the Thames

Rob PowellEvents, News

A LARGE wooden hippopotamus was seen swimming up the Thames this week. The eye-catching beast caught admiring glances as it left the Royal Docks and went up river to South West London yesterday, passing many of the capital’s most famous landmarks on its way. HippopoThames, as it’s called, was designed by the sculptor Florentijn Hofman, famous for his giant rubber …