Tilbury Power Station chimneys reduced to rubble

Staff WriterNews

TWO huge chimneys at Tilbury Power Station have been brought crashing down to the ground this morning, At 8am the tallest standing concrete structures in Essex were razed to the ground in a controlled demolition at the decommissioned power station. Crowds had gathered at vantage points in Tilbury and along the riverside in Gravesend to watch the local landmarks disappear …

New operator takes over the Tilbury Ferry service

Rob PowellNews, Passenger Vessels

A NEW operator has taken over the historic Tilbury Ferry service today. The river crossing between Tilbury and Gravesend is now operated by Jetstream Tours using the Thames Swift trimaran vessel. It’s a return to the service after a 15 year absence for Thames Swift, having originally been built in Gravesend by a previous ferry operator – White Horse Ferries …

RMS St Helena in London for farewell visit

Rob PowellNews

ROYAL Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena arrived on the Thames yesterday as part of her farewell tour. The passenger and cargo ship has been the only means of accessing the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic but the opening of a new airport is forcing her retirement after 26 years of service. The 105 metre long vessel …

Gravesend sunset and sunrise

Rob PowellCruise Ships, Weather

March came to an end and April started last week with a pleasing sunset and sunrise over the Thames at Gravesend. The sun sets on March 31st behind the old West Street station pier at Gravesend. The pier was part of a platform at the old Gravesend West railway station that jutted out on to the river. About 10 hours …

Magellan arrives at Tilbury ahead of official renaming

Staff WriterCruise Ships

THE NEW flagship of Cruise and Maritime Voyages arrived at Tilbury for the first time this morning. The 30 year old vessel is joining the fleet of Essex-based CMV and will be officially renamed in a ceremony on Thursday where Gloria Huniford will become the ship’s godmother. Fireworks will be set off on the river on Thursday night as part …

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.