The launch of CRESCENCE

These photos were kindly sent in today by Larry Horsfield , Larry worked at Cubows at Woolwich and took these photographs in 1981/2 during the construction and launching of CRESCENCE.    A wonderful look at the skilled men involved in ship building on the Thames and why we all hope it returns in the future…

TBW new pier – launch day

Built and launched from Orchard Wharf right beside the Thames , the new pier weighing in at 600 tonnes was designed and built by Eric Reynolds and Furness Partnership for use by Thames Clippers at Trinity Buoy Wharf.      The pier was lowered into the river and towed to the King George V dock where it…

W.E White & Sons Fleet

With the help of Dave Waller , here is an attempt to compile a complete fleet list of tugs operated by W.E White & Sons and a photo of each If you do know of any which are missing please feel free to comment and I will update the list below ALFRED II Operated by…

Brief history: The demise of Gaselee & Knight

By 1965 the Gaselee fleet (apart from the launch tugs) was down to six tugs , these were: TAYRA (broken up 1968) ABOMA (broken up 1968) GNAT (sold off the Thames 1968, broken up early 70s) MAMBA (broken up 1974) AGAMA (broken up 1970) NAJA (broken up 1973) Now J.P Knight (London) Ltd was like…

SS Robin planning application – East India Dock

The proposal seeks to relocate the historic vessel SS Robin from its current location in the Royal Victoria Docks (London Borough of Newham) to the East India Dock Basin where it would occupy an elevated position on the east side of the Lockentrance beside the River Thames, within the Lee Valley Regional Park. The SS…

Cory acquire Gravesend slipway

Cory Riverside Energy (“Cory”) announces that it has acquired Thames Ship Repair Service, an established shipping maintenance company and its slipway in Gravesend, Kent. With this acquisition Cory will take in-house the ability to maintain its fleet of barges and tugs, as well as continuing the provision of third party services, which realised revenues of…

Cody Dock – Corlea and River Princess

Two vessels that can be found at Cody Dock on the River Lea are River Princess and the ex Thames tug Corlea.      Cody Dock is run by a charity Gasworks Docks Partnerships and they plan to bring the old dock back to use and life with the following: Visitor centre & café Exhibition…