Clipper Race yachts return to London after 11 month voyage around the world

Rob PowellNews

ELEVEN months after setting off from London, the Round The World Clipper Race yachts have returned to the capital. Friends, family and spectators were on passenger boats and along the Thames to greet the returning crews after an eventful 10th edition of the race which was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. The LMAX Exchange yacht was the overall winner of …

Welcome to the World: “Residence at Sea” arrives in London

Rob PowellCruise Ships

MS THE WORLD sailed up the Thames to moor in Greenwich earlier on today. The “residences at sea” ship looks like a cruise liner but actually has 165 privately owned apartments and constantly sails the globe with some of its wealthy passengers on board. Launched in 2002, The World has made several visits to London, the most recent of which was in 2013. The 196-metre …

Farage’s fisherman’s flotilla sails up the Thames

Staff WriterNews

DOZENS of fishing boats from around the country sailed up the Thames this morning as part of the campaign in favour of leaving the European Union. The flotilla of vessels from Fishing for Leave made its way up the river to arrive outside the Houses of Parliament in time for Prime Minister’s Questions. The fishing armada, which was joined by UKIP …

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 …

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 …

HMS Severn arrives to mark London Fire Brigade anniversary

Rob PowellEvents, Navy

HMS Severn arrived in London yesterday afternoon and was greeted with a watery salute from a fire boat. The River-class patrol ship is in the capital to help mark the 150th anniversary of the London Fire Brigade. “Lucky Severn” was met by the fire boat, Fire Dart, at Woolwich and accompanied up Bugsby’s Reach with water shooting into the air. …