Snapshot of a diverse river

An hour or so spent by the Thames on Saturday in glorious weather gave a glimpse of the wonderfully diverse ways in which people use, work on or just simply enjoy the river. Here are some of the vessels seen passing Greenwich on Saturday…

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There was the 1920s-built coal fired steam tug Portwey on one of its rare weekends taking passengers up and down the river.

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The largest ship to be seen at the weekend was the cruise ship Silver Cloud which passed Greenwich on its way to the Upper Pool.

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And where there’s a big ship coming in, a tug won’t be far away to help it get in to port. Svitzer Mercia seen here on her way up river, passing a small sailing boat.

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It was also a lovely day to hop on a Thames Clipper, providing fast services between Greenwich and central London piers.

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Or, indeed, one of the other passenger services departing from Greenwich Pier.

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But some preferred more speedy ways of seeing the river.

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While others enjoyed a gentler pace and sights along the river such as Trinity Hospital.

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Some made a splash with smart motoboats like this Fairline Targa 38.

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While others enjoyed the sun with some drinks aboard the 1960s-built charter boat MV Interceptor.

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And others just like to get closer to the water.

And with all these wide-ranging ways in which people choose to use the river, it’s a good job the Port of London Authority are not too far away.

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