Just before 6am this morning the 1936 built tug Charlight left Queenborough arriving at South Dock Marina at 1130am. Charlight is here to collect the the houseboat tug SAMMY from Greenland Dock towing her to drydock at Chatham. She is due to leave tomorrow morning at 2am.
SAMMY was built in Florida in 1955 by Smith Shipyard as ST 2200 , she later became WHISKY WARRIOR and then PELHAM POINT with a 600bhp engine. The engine has since been removed to allow living space
Andrew Christy filmed a great little video clip of Charlight passing Gallions this morning
Has the former WESTMINSTER BELLE returned to a new owner in London? Spotted underway today on the Thames , she was last owned by MB Cruises of Littlehampton under the name THE BELLE.
A comment on MB Cruises facebook page to one customer reads ” The Belle will not sail this season. We were looking at getting other boats which are not so tall and can pass under the bridges – no luck. Sorry and thanks for asking”
So could the boat have been sold to a new owner up river perhaps or even into private hands being a wooden hull?
Pictured below (Middle) as WESTMINSTER BELLE on the Thames with Thames Motorboats
Viscount returned from a brief spell in drydock today with a new colour scheme to the hull (blue,white and black) and some grey undercoat on the previous complete pleasure boats livery.
The Viscount has been laid up for quite some time, mainly since the loss of the putney commuter service, the vessel was then used each summer on hire to City Cruises carrying out circular cruises from Tower Pier.
*UPDATE* – The vessel is now confirmed with new owners Thames Party Boats Ltd – www.thamespartyboatsltd.co.uk and is due to be finished by the end of June.
Flats and high rise buildings are going up at an astonishingly fast rate this year all along the river. With the Greenwich Enderby Wharf Cruise Terminal due to be built in 2017 this is just one more site.
What are your views ?
Site: Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, London SE10
Developer: Westcourt Real Estate
Architect: The Manser Practice
Market housing: 402
Social rented housing: 28
Intermediate housing: 47
Cruise liner terminal: 3,651m²
Non-residential institutions: 635m²
Retail space: 121m²
Block A: 26 floors | 95.5m AOD | 92.0m AGL
Terminal Block Y: 21 floors | 80.6m AOD | 75.4m AGL
Terminal Block Z: 29 floors | 105.4m AOD | 101.6m AGL
Two new arrivals at Gravesend are two bunker barges from the Netherlands called ALMERE 4 and ANITA. Both classic and interesting looking bunker barges which will certainly be nice to see underway. It is not yet known if the vessels will continue to carry fuel or if they will be used in another role such as fresh water or sewage discharge.
ALMERE 4 is currently on a buoy at Denton and ANITA is out of the water at PLA Denton
The confirmed new owner is not yet known but no doubt will come to light over the next few days