Royal Greenwich’s Tall Ships Regatta may have been and gone but there’s still been plenty of tall ships to see on the Thames over the past week and also the arrival of a Royal Navy frigate.
On Monday, the Lord Nelson tall ship came down the river after being in the Upper Pool since Friday. The vessel, owned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust and able to be crewed by disabled sailors, had arrived in London last week upon her return from a two-year, 50,000 nautical mile voyage around the world. Here’s a photo of her heading down river last Monday lunchtime.
Tuesday saw the arrival on the Thames of HMS Westminster, a Duke-class frigate that was last in the capital just about eighteen months ago. She came up Bugsby’s Reach on the eastern side of the Greenwich Peninsula on Tuesday at about lunchtime and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until Monday.
On Wednesday, it was the turn of yet another tall ship to make an appearance on the Thames. This time it was the Stavros S Niarchos – the training ship owned by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. With a crew of young people sponsored by HSBC, the Voyage of Achievement came up the river, going up to Tower Bridge where the young sailors manned the yard arms as she entered the Upper Pool. Here’s a photo of Stavros S Niarchos coming past Greenwich with the power station behind her.
Also back in London is the Shtandart – the impressive Russian replica of Peter the Great’s ship. She was here for the Tall Ships Regatta and after going down to Ramsgate following the festival, she is now back in London, currently at Hermitage Moorings in Wapping (pictured below).