Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

Rob PowellNews, Weather

LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …

Waverley at Woolwich

Staff WriterHeritage vessels, Passenger Vessels

As the historic paddle steamer Waverley continues her Thames season, here’s some photographs of the famous vessel as she passed Woolwich a few days ago. Recent photographs by OnTheThames.net of Waverley at Tower Bridge were picked up by the Scottish edition of the Sun and have been added to our In The Press page of cuttings. Don’t forget, also, that …

Italian warship departs London

Rob PowellNavy

THE ITALIAN warship Luigi Durand De La Penne departed London yesterday afternoon. The guided-missile destroyer has been in the capital since last week, moored at West India Dock with officers in training on board. While she was in London, the warship was open to the public on four days and also hosted receptions and events on board. She was out …

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 …