Look at Life on the River Thames 1959

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one of the best pieces of Nostalgic and informative footage that I have come across shot during the time when the Thames was bustling with activity. Just note how immaculate each of these vessels were, proudly kept by each owner and crew


New Forum & Photo Gallery update

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A new forum has been added to the site and can be found by clicking the ‘Forum’ link at the top of this page.       The photo gallery itself uses coppermine software and has been updated to the latest version which supports new features and improvements to follow.   A few of the new tweaks are the forum itself,  social network sharing of photos (post a photo directly to facebook for example) and also more options when posting a comment under a photo

We hope you guests use the forum as much as possible as it would be a great resource for research and Thames chit chat.

Forever missed, Never forgotten

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A true and proud waterman who put a smile on everyones faces was taken from us today. A huge character who will be grately missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

Rest in peace Ben Woolacott (19/12/1991 – 03/08/2011)
Forever missed, Never forgotten X

Lightermen (1985)

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Doggetts Coat & Badge 2011

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Doggets Coat and Badge 2011

1st over the line  Christopher Anness followed by Merlin Dwan followed by Daniel Alloway, followed by Stuart Coleman, then Ben McCann and Jack Clark.

Photo by Gordon McCann


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Photo given to me today by Steve Wright of B&D’s HURRICANE at Gravesend. Sadly her state had been let slip in this photograph compared to when she was a proud tug with Merc’s. In my eyes one of the best looking tugs on the Thames.

90GRT, (78’5″x20’5″x8’4″)

1 scr, diesel, Lister-Blackstone 8 cylinder turbo 457bhp-336kW
Aux engine : Russell Newberry D2 – Overhauled in 1980.

1938: Built by “Henry

Scarr Ltd” at Hessle (GBR) (YN 396)
1938: delivered to “James W. Cook & Co Ltd” (GBR)
1939 -29/11: hired by the UK Navy as BBV
1944: transferred to Naval Stores Department at Sheerness
1946: returned to owner

s “James W. Cook & Co Ltd” (GBR)
197x: owned by “Mercantile Lighterage Ltd” (River Thames Lighterage) at London (GBR) 199x: still in service

with “Braithwaite & Dean Lighterage Ltd” at London (GBR)
1994: To Thames & Medway Towage” (Ron Livett) (GBR)
1996: Out of service,laid up
2004: spotted moored in derilict state at Charlton/Woolwich (GBR)
2005: now moored at Deptford Creek (GBR)
2006: For sale for £10,000
2007: Move to Leigh on S

ea(Wakefield) , For sale price now stands at £7,500
2007: Main and Aux engines

for sale on ebay
2007: Decking removed and engines lifted out of the tug
2007: Towed to Rochford,Essex – Said to have been broken up on site

Dynamo walks on the Thames

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We know how it was done, but still impressive to watch