Viking Star & RT Evolution arrival

Cruise ship VIKING STAR will arrive at Greenwich Ship tier approx 0730 tomorrow morning with 2 Kotugs in attendance.   RT Ambition and the hybrid RT Evolution. 


Massey Shaw gets underway






Enderby Wharf Artist Impressions

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 ?

Development Facts
Site: Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, London SE10
Developer: Westcourt Real Estate
Architect: The Manser Practice

Residential Units

Total: 477
Market housing: 402
Social rented housing: 28
Intermediate housing: 47

Non-residential floorspace
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

New bunker barges for Thames

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

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The confirmed new owner is not yet known but no doubt will come to light over the next few days

Latest Videos

A number of great interviews taken from a 1990 ITV Documentary

Ray Harrison – Riverman R.I.P

It is of sad news to hear that Ray Harrison recently passed away.     Ray worked as a tuggy on the Medway for 45 years mainly with J.P Knight.   Upon retiring in 2002 he set about creating the website titled “Riverman” for all those of us that have an interest in tugs of the Thames & Medway.       Ray was also a regular sight onboard the preserved J.P Knight tug KENT at Chatham.

When I first decided to create The Liquid Highway back in 2005 , Ray’s website was a place I always enjoyed visiting and although I never met Ray in person,  over the years we exchanged emails and Ray was kind enough to share photos to help get the ball rolling with my own website.   Our websites were quite similar in the sense of archiving photographs of a working River, although Ray mainly concentrated on the Medway rather than the Thames.

I last spoke to Ray via email in December and it was sad to hear of his passing today

The Riverman website is currently down (although it was up a few days ago), but I do hope Ray’s hard work in creating it (especially the photo gallery) can be kept online for others to look at and enjoy for years to come.

Rest in peace
Ray “The Riverman” Harrison


HCH Marine – Brief History

HCH Marine Services was a management buy out of F.T.E Lighterage LTD by David & Nick Howard .  The company was formed in 1990 and still operates today with minimal vessels mainly PURGO which operates between Erith Oil and Jurgens Jetty at Purfleet – the home of Stork margarine and other fatty/oily food products.



HAZEL E – Built 1939 ex S.A Everard – Operated by HCH 1990-2007 / Broken up 2009 at Chatham by GPS
CAROLE A Built 1949 – Built ex Pinklake/R.A Everard – Operated by HCH 1990 – 2012  – Sold as houseboat to Hoo
JOKER – Built 1947 – Last seen at Greenhithe rumoured for Benfleet with new owners
TORBROOK – Built 1958 – still owned by HCH laid up inside Jurgens Jetty
Built 1962 / later sold as yacht


Other vessels:
PURGO – Built 1962 – Bought by HCH in 2004 and converted for carrying edible oils

Photos: John White, Bob Smith, Krispen, Muffledumb
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photo: Ken Smith



Photos by Edward / KenJonBro


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photos:  Edward / John White
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Iveston M1151 – sold to the breakers

In yet another waste of a loved vessel , the Ton Class Minesweeper M1151 was sold to the breakers at Erith and currently sits behind ALEXANDRIA  – Better photos will follow in the next few days

A great pity that this vessel was not passed onto a preservation group

Built: 1955
Length: 46m
Beam: 8.5m
Draught: 2.4m
Decommissioned: 1992 – sold to Sea Cadets at Tilbury
Sold in 2014 to a Tilbury Pilot by Sea Cadets

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seen here passing Vic Deep in 1990

Seen here in May 2014 on the final night with Sea Cadets – the vessel itself not in too bad shape

photo by Bob Smith


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