City Cruises today (Tuesday) confirmed its first acquisition outside the capital.
The firm has acquired the Solent Scene sightseeing boat from Blue Line Cruises which operates coastal cruise itineraries around Poole Harbour.
The trips take in popular local tourist sights including Sandbanks, Brownsea Island and the Jurassic Coast.
Blue Line Cruises, operated by City Cruises Poole, will be offering pleasure trips from Poole Harbour and Swanage plus special event cruises and private charters.
The deal follows City Cruises revealing year-on-year growth of 22%, which allowed for the creation of a new London Thames Circular Cruise and a second Thamesjet RIB – BlueLightning – in the first quarter of the year.
Much of the recent successes have been attributed to the extensive trade partnerships developed by the brand, according to the company.
Managing director Kyle Haughton said: “We are currently the number one sightseeing tour on the Thames, but for a long time have had the ambition to expand beyond London.
“This is the first major step and we are grateful for all the support of our trade partners in making this happen. What’s more, we couldn’t be more delighted that it is in such a beautiful location as the south coast.”
Marine Support Thames are said to have purchased the Solent vessel IBEX and will be renamed PROGRESS
Built: 1993 by Damen
Bollard pull: 7,6 tonnes
Speed free running: 9,2 knots
2 x Volvo Penta. Type: TMD 122 AHD (300hp each)
Length o.a.14,4 m
Breadth mld.4,73 m
Depth mld.2,05 m
Draft max.1,5 m
Photos: J.Deverall / Maritime Journal
“It is likely that we will start river works towards the end of 2014, with a view to opening for operations in the second quarter of 2016”
Will be held from September 5th to 9th 2014 and include 50 tall ships and is said to be the biggest for 25 years.
Among the ships confirmed so far are:
A riverboat shuttle service will enable spectators to visit vessels at the various locations
Tall Ships 1989 – photo by Stefan
Built in 1901 by Woolwich Royal Dockyard , she was constructed of iron. The structure was designed to accommodate a Surveyor, Examining Officers, eleven Preventive Officers, thirty five Boatmen – soon to be called Preventive Men, and 32 Watchers. It had two decks and was supplied with telephones, mains water and a gas and electricity supply. Gas stoves provided heat for the officers, and the Boatmen and Watchers were given coal for stoves to warm food and boil water. The cost of the build was £5211.12s.3d
In 1905 she was given the name ‘Harpy’ . By October 1913 she was seen to be in need of some repairs and a refit of the upper deck accomodation, which was considered be too small, so plans were drawn up to increase the size of the offices.
On 14 May 1969 she was taken for a four month refit at Gravesend which included a new roof, new toilet accommodation and refurbishment of the offices. While she was away, the mooring dolphins were renewed and the ‘brow’ (the bridge from the Custom House quay) was repaired. After nearly a year’s absence, which left a conspicuous gap in the Pool of London, Harpy returned. This combined office block, boarding station and VIP embarkation point was repainted powder blue, which made a pleasant change from the old ‘Ministry of Works Green’.
On 3rd February 1975 she ceased as a customs pier. She was sold to the current owners in 1981 and in 2005 had a major refit. Featured in the ‘Home’ section of the Sunday Times in September 2009, it had been extensively refurbished, inside and out, and was available to rent at £3500 per week - 67% of its original cost in 1907!
Photo: Taken in 1956
Photo: 1969 leaving for Gravesend under tow by Palmers NIPAROUND
After a major refit by the owners, this is the current interior!
Opening in Spring 2014 the Sunborn London will be located on the waterfront at the western end of the Royal Victoria Dock, within a short walk of the main entrance of ExCel London.
The 4-Star Deluxe yacht hotel will incorporate 138 spacious guest rooms over 5 floors including several suites, along with an elegant reception area, bar and lounge, fine-dining restaurant, banqueting facilities, auditorium, conference rooms, and a three-level event venue with outdoor terraces facing towards Canary Wharf and the Siemens Crystal
More at http://sunbornlondon.com/
following photos were taken at Tilbury today by Dan Goatham:
As the John Burns is set to return to London after drydocking, these photos were sent in by Gregg Chalmers showing her brand new livery and a very smart paint job too
The GPS Barges 1501 and 1502 are often a sight being towed up and down the Thames and can often be seen at Instones Wharf but many of you may not even batter an eyelid just thinking they are just another boring old barge. We’ll infact these two have quite an interesting history!
Being launched at Woolwich 1965
The pair were built by Harland & Wolff, North Woolwich in 1965 and named Asa Binns and Cyril Kirkpatrick after PLA engineers and were owned by the Port of London Authority . The Asa Binns is now 1501 and Cryil is 1502
They were propelled by 2 Schottel Units and had Rolls Royce DV8 engines. The wheelhouse was small with a centre control unit and below that was accommodation.
The pair were laid up and eventually sold in 1989 to Fife Marine , who although not confirmed are said to have removed the wheelhouses and turned the pair into dumb barges (although still keeping the accommodation section) . After a brief spell with Fife Marine, they were passed to General Marine who sold them onto GPS Marine who now use them as 1501 and 1502
*It is un-confirmed but various sources state the pair were sold in 1989 to Fekete-Tonsberg in Oslo,Norway but by 1991 the were not registered there which leads me to believe this may not be true
On the slipway at Greenhithe 1984
photo taken 1965
Seen here at Strood in 2006 owned by GPS , a year later they were seen moved to Chatham