Friday Photo: Nina Mackay II

Rob PowellFriday Photo

NINA Mackay II is a Targa 31 boat used the Metropolitan Police’s Marine Policing Unit based in Wapping. The boat was named in honour of WPC Nina Mackay who was sadly killed in the line of duty on this very day, seventeen years ago. Here are two photos of NINA MACKAY II on the Thames earlier this year, waiting for …

HMS Westminster arrives in London

Rob PowellNavy

The Royal Navy frigate HMS WESTMINSTER arrived in London just after lunchtime today. The Type-23 vessel came up the Thames on a sunny September day and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until next Monday. She was accompanied on her inbound journey by Svitzers Brunel and Cecilia and the Met Police’s Nina Mackay II. While in London, the …

Dar Mlodziezy arrives in London for Tall Ships regatta

Rob PowellEvents, Tall Ships

THE STUNNING Polish sail training ship DAR MLODZIEZY arrived in the capital on Wednesday evening shortly before sunset. The 109-metre three-masted vessel is in London for the Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. The tall ship is the largest of the approximately fifty vessels taking part in the regatta – the biggest such gathering of Tall Ships on the Thames …

Stad Amsterdam visits London

Rob PowellTall Ships

THE BEAUTIFUL three-masted clipper STAD AMSTERDAM arrived in London earlier this week. Launched in 2001, she won the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race a year later and has become a regular visitor to London. Her visit coincides with, but is not related to, the Tall Ships Festival taking place in London this weekend. Stad Amsterdam arrived at West India Docks …

HMS Bulwark leaves London

Rob PowellNavy

HMS BULWARK departed London as the sun rose over the capital this morning. The 170-metre Landing Dock vessel set off from Greenwich under a blaze of orange sunshine, although by the time she’d reached the O2, the sun had disappeared behind a sky of thick cloud. BULWARK, currently the flagship of the Royal Navy, arrived in London last week and …

HMS Argyll arrives in London

Rob PowellNavy

TYPE-23 frigate HMS ARGYLL arrived in London late last night for a five-day port visit. The Duke Class vessel passed Greenhithe (pictured above and below) shortly before midnight and transited through Tower Bridge at 01:45 where she moored alongside HMS BELFAST. Crew members will take the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Houses of Parliament and the Guildhall while …