HMS Defender leaves, HMS Ocean to arrive next week

After a six day visit to the capital, the Daring class destroyer HMS Defender sailed out of Greenwich yesterday. The Type 45 warship had been in London for a port visit which helped mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli and she also welcomed aboard visitors last weekend who all seemed to give it the thumbs up, judging by the reaction on social media. [Read more…]

HMS Defender arrives at Greenwich

IN the very early hours of this morning, HMS Defender arrived at Greenwich.

The Royal Navy’s state-of-the-art destroyer is making its first visit to the capital and will be moored at Greenwich until next Tuesday.

Her visit, and that of HMS Middleton which will be coming up the river to HMS President at Wapping on Friday, is timed to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli. [Read more…]

Barrier closed for 175th time to protect London

THE THAMES Barrier was closed for the 175th time to protect London on Saturday.

The closure was ordered to keep the capital safe from a very high tide that was predicted. The closure started at about 10.30 and by midday, all the gates were fully raised.

As high tide approached at about 2pm, water spilled across the path and on to grass at Barrier Gardens. [Read more…]

High spring tide covers Thames Path at Greenwich

A VERY high tide saw the Thames sloshing across the Thames path at Greenwich on Friday and Saturday.

The Environment Agency had earlier issued flood alerts for the Tidal Thames riverside between the Thames Barrier and Putney.

Seeing the path outside the Old Royal Naval College covered with water is not uncommon – the Environment Agency doesn’t close the Barrier unless they believe the tide level will rise higher still – but it does make for a very interesting spectacle. [Read more…]

New Deptford Creek swing bridge opens to the public

A LONG awaited new foot bridge across the mouth of Deptford Creek was officially opened today.

The new swing bridge connects the Thames Path from Millennium Quay to newly opened parts of New Capital Quay.

The bridge, with its striking design, was officially opened by the leader of Greenwich Council Denise Hyland at about 9.30 this morning. People took the opportunity to cross the bridge throughout the day, with many stopping to chat and admire the exciting new crossing. [Read more…]

HMS Severn to visit London

THE Royal Navy’s HMS Severn will pass Greenwich this coming Wednesday en route to the Upper Pool for a six day visit.

The river-class patrol vessel is due at Tower Bridge for 12.45 so should pass the Thames Barrier about an hour before that and the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich at approximately 12.15 – MarineTraffic.com is a recommended website for tracking vessels on the river. [Read more…]

Tall Ships Festival ends with stunning Parade of Sail

The five day Tall Ships Festival has drawn to a close with a beautiful parade of sail. On a gloriously warm day, the fifty ships that have been in London for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival mustered up towards Limehouse before being led down river by Polish sail training ship Dar Mlodziezy.

Crowds packed along the riverside to see the parade of barques, brigatines, schooners, sloops, cutters and ketches snake around the bends of the river. Here is a selection of photographs taken over the past few days in Greenwich.

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