Waverley’s Thames season comes to a close

Rob PowellHeritage vessels

THIS year’s Thames season for the paddle steamer Waverley has drawn to a close. The popular vessel finished her trips for this year on Sunday evening before staying overnight at Gravesend. She departed from Gravesend town pier on Monday at midday, bound for home with a stop off at Southampton for fuel. Here are photos from the last day of …

Sailing training ship Esmeralda arrives in London

Rob PowellTall Ships

THE CHILEAN navy’s sail training tall ship Esmeralda arrived in London earlier this week. The four-masted barquentine made her way up the river on Wednesday morning after spending the previous evening moored near Southend. 113-metres in length and constructed in the late 1940s with a steel hull, Esmeralda was met on her arrival in the capital by dark cloudy skies and …

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 …

HMS Edinburgh leaves Portsmouth to be scrapped

Staff WriterNavy

HMS EDINBURGH has started the journey under tow from Portsmouth to her final destination in Turkey. Once there, the Type 42 destroyer known as the Fortress of the Sea will be broken up for scrap. Some of the former sailors who served on the 141-metre long ship were there to see her leave Portsmouth for the last time today. She …

Gallery: Ocean Majesty arriving in London

Rob PowellCruise Ships

CRUISE ship Ocean Majesty sailed in to the capital in glorious evening sunshine today. The 1966-built vessel moored alongside HMS Belfast just after 8pm and will remain there until tomorrow evening. OnTheThames.net captured the 135-metre long ship, originally built as the ferry Juan March, at the Thames Barrier where she was met by Svitzer tugs Cecilia and Mercia who carried …

Ship Pics: MS The World

Staff WriterCruise Ships

The World is a huge residential ship that constantly cruises from city to city for the enjoyment of the people living on board. It’s two years since MS The World last visited London, arriving April 30th 2013 and leaving on May 3rd. The 196-metre long ship was launched in 2002. She has 12 decks and 165 residences in various sizes …

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 …

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 …

Photos: Thames Barge Driving Race 2014

Rob PowellRowing

Photos of the 39th Thames Barge Driving Race which started yesterday (Saturday 28th) at Greenwich and ended at Westminster. The unpowered barges are rowed under oars up the 7 mile course. The race is organised by Thames On Water, which was established in 1974 by a group of journeymen Lightermen and Watermen. Admiral West is the honorary President of TOW …

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 …