Sailing barges race in 2015 Thames Match

Rob PowellSailing Barges

TRADITIONAL sailing barges took to the river on Saturday morning (22nd) for the Thames Sailing Barge Match 2015. Ten barges took part in the event on a beautiful sunny day on the river, delighting onlookers on shore and on spectator boats. The event traces its history back to 1863 and saw the iconic barges race from Mucking down to Southend …

Silver Cloud pictured passing Gravesend and Greenwich

Rob PowellCruise Ships

CRUISE ship Silver Cloud arrived in London yesterday afternoon for the last of her four visits to the capital this year. The 157-metre long ship passed under Tower Bridge at 5pm and will remain alongside HMS Belfast until the early house of Wednesday morning. OnTheThames.net captured photographs of the vessel passing Gravesend in Kent and Greenwich in London. Photos of …

London welcomes its biggest cruise ship

Rob PowellCruise Ships

A CRUISE ship that is reckoned to be the biggest ever in London visited the capital last week. The brand new Viking Star ship arrived in London on her maiden voyage, staying overnight at Greenwich. With a length of 228 metres, she is thought to be longer than any cruise ship to have previously journeyed in to London. Although not big …

New bitumen terminal receives first visitor

Rob PowellIndustry

A NEW bitumen terminal in Kent received its first visitor on Saturday morning. Dartford-based FM Conway have developed the new terminal on the old Imperial Wharf site in Gravesend. Work to take down the distinctive old cranes at the site got under way in October last year. Tanker Theodora arrived there on Saturday morning – the first ship to moor there for …

Friday Photo: Polar cruise ship Sea Spirit

Rob PowellCruise Ships

Quark Expeditions’ SEA SPIRIT entered Tilbury docks last weekend. The 90m “luxury expedition vessel” takes passengers to destinations such as the Arctic and the Antarctic. After a lay up at Tilbury, her next schedule trip is to Spitsbergen in June. While I was waiting for SEA SPIRIT, I grabbed a photo of sailing boat POSH TOTTY as she passed.

Gloriana put in to winter storage

Staff WriterRowing

THE Queen’s Row Barge GLORIANA has been put into storage for the winter. The vessel had been at St Katherine’s Dock and was seen being towed east of Wapping earlier this week. Thames Alive later confirmed she was being taken to Denton, Kent, where she would be craned out of the water and put in to storage for the winter. …