Thomas Doggett arrives in London

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The new vessel for the Thames River Services fleet THOMAS DOGGETT arrived in London this morning.    The hull of the vessel was under construction in Wales, but was later towed to Tinnemans yard in Maasbracht to be completed.     She will carry 524 passengers and enter service shortly operating from Westminter – Greenwich.

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New built barge for Barge Driving Race

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After many years of lighters being scrapped, lost and dwindling from the annual barge driving race,   we see the first new build barge arrival.

Bill Robinson and his team have been hard at work constructing the barge in the South Dock Marina and hopes it will be ready for this years Barge Driving Event in July.

The barge itself is the same dimensions as the PLAs winning barge Blackwall , which will hopefully see more competitive races as the years go on.

The barge owned by The company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames has been pledged with £20,000 in donations by Freemen and members of the court.

A name for the new barge should be chosen in coming weeks


Above: Bill robinson and John Salter stand beside the barge at South Dock Marina

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

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The newest multicat addition to the CPBS Marine Services fleet arrived in London today.   The Hound Dog  built in Damen Shipyards in Hardinxveld, Netherlands in 1990,originally named DMS4004 for Damen Marine Services and later BKM 101 .  She was purchased and brought over from Holland by CPBS Marine Services this week.

Here full specs and details can be found HERE

Here she is passing Gallions on 01/02/2017

                                                            Photos by Andrew Christy

Gosport Queen coming to Thames

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The Gosport Ferry – ‘Gosport Queen’ has been sold to new owners London Party Boats.

The Gosport Queen will depart for London at 06:00 Friday morning (January 20th) will undergo a complete refit including, possible lowering of the wheelhouse and mast in order to fit under the bridges along the Thames.

Like the Portsmouth Queen which was sold last year , the Gosport Queen is also set to become a Party Boat.  She will join the ‘Jewel of London’ and ‘London Belle’ and will most likely be renamed





Wibbley Wobbly towed away

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Built in 1929, the two-deck Duberg was a famous Rhine ferry. Brought to London and re-named the Wibbley Wobbley, it became a well known floating pub in Rotherhithe’s Greenland Dock, Initially a ‘boxing’ pub and drinking spot for South London ‘villains, it was taken over, re-designed and revived in 2001 by Andree Jenni and legendary ‘father of alternative comedy’ Malcolm Hardee

Malcolm tragically drowned in January 2005, it was later owned by his son Frank and managed in his interest by Malcolm’s brother Alex and comedy performer Chris Luby.

After closing, the boat was taken over by Squatters who refused to be evicted.  Today the vessel was towed from Greenland Dock after the last of the Squatters put up a fight to leave.

It is understood the vessel will be towed away to be broken up, a crying shame considering the vessel would make a nice houseboat.

A planning application posted this month by Southwark Council reads “Certificate of lawful development (proposed) for removal of the existing vessel due to it being unsafe, and replacement with a new vessel which meets all authority regulation, for operation as a restaurant”



Speedboat owner fined

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A man who tried to dodge a speeding fine after he was caught doing 40 knots through central London has been ordered to pay out almost £5,000 by a court.

Ross MacGregor made no attempt to slow down as he sped along the River Thames, despite being pursued by the Marine Policing Unit

Magistrates sitting at Westminster Magistrates Court heard that the 26-year-old boater later skipped the country shortly after the speeding incident.

The prosecution was brought by the Port of London Authority, which was represented by the law firm, Blake Morgan.

The court heard that MacGregor drove his speedboat in a dangerous manner on the River Thames – hurtling through a busy section of the river more than 25 knots over the speed limit.

His dangerous navigation risked his own life as well as others.




First photos of Thomas Doggett

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Thames River Services new vessel THOMAS DOGGETT seen here returning to Maasbracht/Limburg (The Netherlands) after completing some trials on the River Maas , built by Tinnemans Shipbuilding at Maasbracht and due to arrive in London shortly




photos by seaweasel