MBNA Thames Clippers quote:
“MBNA Thames Clippers loads two new 150 capacity catamarans onto a vessel in Hobart, Tasmania, ahead of setting off on a 10,000 mile journey to the River Thames in London. The two new boats represent a £6.5 million investment boost for London’s commuters and sightseers and they will provide additional capacity across the river transport network when they go into service in autumn 2015, adding additional capacity to the popular Putney to Blackfriars commuting service.”
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.