A look onboard S.T Challenge

The 1931 Steam tug Challenge is likely to return to a new home at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London this summer with negotiations and slipway works still being planned. A number of photographs taken onboard in Southampton recently by Richard Albanese show her current condition Advertisements

Tilbury 2 gets go ahead

The Port of Tilbury, the UK’s fastest growing port, has today (20 February 2019) received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport to build Tilbury2 – a new multimillion pound port terminal adjacent to the current 930 acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London. With construction scheduled to commence in…

Sir Aubrey – A sad end

The Sir Aubrey was built in 1962 by Richard Dunston at Thorne for Humphrey Gray Lighterage, in 1984 she passed to Thames Marine & Civil Engineering Ltd and in 1988 Carolcraft Ltd (Alan Jubb) , she was bought by General Marine in 2005. In 2009 slow plans were put in place to alter her wheelhouse and…

Historic engraved Blackfriars stone lost

Possibly unknowing to Tideway and most people, a piece of London and Thames history has been lost in part of the construction of the Tideway Tunnel works.         The engraved stone at Blackfriars was embedded into the Victoria Embankment when the embankment was opened in 1869 and reads : “Metropolitan Board of Works …

The restoration & sad end of GENERAL IV

The GENERAL IV was brought to Scotland by Ian Fraser of Argyle Charters in 1989 in Campbeltown,  she was sold to Frank Warling , she was later laid up in Campbeltown and sold to Garry Oates.      In 2002 she was sold to Simon Sawers , at the time Simon was an engineering cadet at…

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…