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Flying machines in KGV Dock 

21 Jun 17

The waters of the King George V Dock in North Woolwich are usually pretty quiet with only the occasional tug or boat passing through but for one afternoon a year they become an international sporting arena.


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Giants in the Royal Docks 

10 Jun 17

The ExCel exhibition centre sits on the dockside of Royal Victoria Dock and hosts a wide range of events and a few of these each year have a maritime theme and occasionally these events attract visiting vessels to the Royal Docks.


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INS Tarkash F50 visits London 

7 May 17

London gets quite a few naval vessels paying a visit but today saw a rare and exotic visitor arrive in West India Dock at Canary Wharf in the shape of the Indian Navy’s Talwar-class Guided Missile Frigate the INS Tarkash, pennant number F50.


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Rendez-Vous review 

18 Apr 17

So all but the last two sailing ships have now left the Thames after a busy Easter weekend of tall ship action on the river Thames in London, the background to the event can be found here .


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Cargo operations return to London’s Royal Docks 

29 Mar 17

Whilst it might be a shadow of the glory days of the Docks the sight of a ship unloading cargo in London’s Royal Docks is something of a treat these days.


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London turns Navy 

12 Mar 17

The past week has seen no less than 4 Royal Navy vessels in the capital with 3 different Archer-class patrol vessels as well as a Type 23 Frigate in the shape of HMS St Albans.


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A walk on the air-side (@ LCY) 

24 Feb 17

London City Airport is an impossible to miss feature in the landscape of the Royal Docks area of East London and in 2017 it is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary of opening at the site in the London Borough of Newham.


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FGS Oker visits London 

15 Feb 17

Making a welcome addition to the variety of naval vessels that visit London this last weekend saw a visit from a spy ship that had arrived on a dark and foggy night.


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London Boat Show 2017 

13 Jan 17

As the London Boat Show approaches it’s final few days I decided to have a quick look at some of the boats on display.


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SS Robin takes a trip 

7 Nov 16

The SS Robin has been moored in the Royal Victoria Dock, alongside the Millennium Mills site in Silvertown, for quite a few years now but she has spent the last week temporarily moored in Pontoon Dock whilst some other activity was taking place at …


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Treble tug tow through KGV Lock 

17 Oct 16

After all the excitement surrounding the arrival of the floating hotel  it was time for the more mundane but no less interesting task of putting the toys back in their box and when this involves moving a barge that is  91.4m long and 27.4m wide …


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A Good Hotel in the Royal Docks 

14 Oct 16

If someone now asks you the question if you know of a good hotel in the Royal Docks area of East London you will be able to say that there is the Good Hotel .


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FS Laplace visits West India Dock 

1 Oct 16

The French Navy  are regular visitors on the Thames in London and this weekend saw the FS Laplace paying a visit.


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Dmitri’s ship has sailed 

20 Sep 16

In the space of less than six weeks during the summer of 2016 artist   Dmitri Galitzine  transformed this space at Galleons Point from this: to this: Working as part of the Tidal Twirlings summer of art in North Woolwich his plan was to build a …


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London’s Burning (again) 

29 Aug 16

No, it’s not a rerun or remake of the TV series but a commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London .


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City Alpha gets a makeover 

1 Aug 16

London based river sightseeing company City Cruises  has a varied fleet of boats and today they have taken re-delivery of City Alpha on completion of her rebuild.


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Shipbuilding returns to North Woolwich 

1 Aug 16

Harland and Wolff Ltd Works at Gallions Point (1947) – Britain from Above For over 50 years the site at Gallions Point, North Woolwich, was the home to Harland and Wolff Ltd’s London works where shipbuilding and repairs were undertaken but like …


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#BeTheFastest 

5 Jul 16

It has been a while since the last PR promo event set-up job took place in the Royal Docks but the latest one has been something really big.


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A trip on Steam Tug Portwey 

25 Jun 16

The ST Portwey is a regular sight both in West India Dock where she is based and during the summer months out on the river Thames.


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Forth Trojan visits the Royal Docks 

21 Jun 16

The KGV lock gets a fair amount of boats passing through and the majority are locally based in the London area but every now and then a visitor comes from further afield.


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Cyclone Clipper gets an new engine 

17 Jun 16

The Thames Clippers are a busy fleet on the river Thames and their engines need to be swapped out every 1200 hours and so Cyclone Clipper paid a visit to KGV Lock today in order to have one of the engines swapped out.


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Mexican Navy & US Coast Guard Sailing Ships visit London 

10 Jun 16

London is very lucky to have lots of different sailing ships making port calls and this weekend two fairly rare visitors are in town having sailed up the Thames through the #dlr_blog area of coverage.


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On board HMS Duncan 

22 May 16

Quite a lot of naval vessels pass through the DLR_Blog area of interest and sometimes the public are allowed on board to have a look around.


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Is it a boat, is it a car……? 

21 May 16

Well the answer is in fact that is it both (but not at the same time!).


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Bulldog becomes a boxer 

14 May 16

The KGV Lock in London’s Royal Docks is used on a fairly regular basis as a loading point for a variety of stores and equipment that are then used elsewhere along the Thames in London for a variety of marine engineering projects.


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When Vigilant came to call 

13 May 16

The river Thames at North Woolwich gets lots of different ships and boats passing by and of these some are based in the London area and some are infrequent visitors from far and wide.


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Viking Sea christened in London 

6 May 16

Viking Ocean Cruises is a recent entrant in to the cruise market and has ordered 6 brand new ships to support this venture.


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Dixie Queen gets a make over 

4 May 16

London based company  Thames Luxury Charters runs a number of party boats on the Thames and one of these is the replica paddle steamer the Dixie Queen.


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On board with 3 Minensuchgeschwader 

16 Apr 16

The West India Docks in Canary Wharf have again played host to a group of warships making a port call in London.


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Oceans 16 

14 Mar 16

Every two years the  Oceanology International  event takes place at London’s ExCel exhibition center in the Royal Docks.


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Cleaning up at Gallions Reach 

5 Mar 16

Saturday 5th March saw another of the occasional river Thames foreshore clean up events that are organised by the charity Thames21  that works with communities and volunteers across Greater London to help keep the Thames tidy.


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Warships in the Royal Docks (again) 

30 Jan 16

The Royal Docks in East London does get the occasional military vessel paying a visit – most often associated with the biannual DSEi defence show held at ExCel.


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Historic ships at 2016 London Boat Show 

8 Jan 16

After an absence last year the 2016 London Boat Show being held at the ExCel exhibition centre in London’s Royal Docks once again has a number of boats on display in the adjoining dock – whilst not in the numbers of days go by it is still good to…


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#dlr_blog review of 2015 

28 Dec 15

Another year has come and gone so it is time to review some of my highlights from the #dlr_blog area of coverage during 2015.


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Boats in the Royals!! 

18 Dec 15

In what is an all too infrequent event the Royal Group of Docks in the east end of London has seen a large number of boats gracing the waters.


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Royalty in the Royal Docks 

8 Dec 15

It’s not every day that we get to see Royalty in the Royal Docks but today was one of those rare occasions.


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It’s all Mine! 

27 Nov 15

Arriving in London yesterday (26th November) for their final port call of 2015 were 6 of the 7 ships that have been assigned to NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1).


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Tea in the park 

27 Oct 15

Autumn colours in Royal Victoria Park The North Woolwich area of the Royal Docks is lucky to have a fair-sized riverside park which is a good location to watch boats on the river or to enjoy the changing colours of the season and amongst the many …


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Tea in the park 

27 Oct 15

Autumn colours in Royal Victoria Park The North Woolwich area of the Royal Docks is lucky to have a fair-sized riverside park which is a good location to watch boats on the river or to enjoy the changing colours of the season and amongst the many …


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Boats on a boat 

18 Oct 15

The London based Thames Clipper river bus service commissioned to new boats to help expand the Thames river services and the two new boats will be officially launched and commissioned on Monday 19th October.


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Boats on a boat 

18 Oct 15

The London based Thames Clipper river bus service commissioned two new boats to help expand the Thames river services and these new boats will be officially launched and commissioned on Monday 19th October.


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New Bulldog on the block 

10 Oct 15

Thames based marine engineering company  CPBS Marine Services  recently added a new multi-purpose vessel to their fleet named Bulldog and on what is believed to be its first commercial tasking it visited the King George V lock in the Royal Docks to…


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Choppers in the car park 

6 Oct 15

If you live near or regularly pass by the Excel centre in the Royal Docks you will be used to seeing a variety of sights connected with events taking place there – this can range from boats, to cartoon characters to animals and more.


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Going commando in the Royal Docks 

21 Sep 15

In addition to the Warships that form part of the static display at the DSEI defence equipment show a number of smaller craft also make use of the Royal Victoria dock to undertake various demonstrations.


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HMCS Winnipeg transits the Royal Docks 

19 Sep 15

The last week has seen a number of Warships moored at the Excel exhibition centre for the DSEi 2015 event and most of the ships have now left – late this afternoon it was the turn of the Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg to transit the docks on her way …


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Not so happy birthday for the SS Robin 

16 Sep 15

On this day, 16 th September 1890, a 350 ton coastal steamer was launched from the Thames Ironworks shipyard in London – she was called the Robin.


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DSEi is back in town 

14 Sep 15

Every two years the Royal Docks actually has multiple large ships in it – not the numbers of it’s heyday but as the waters are normally devoid of large ships it is an impressive sight to see.


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Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge 

14 Sep 15

The Royal Dutch Marine Corp is celebrating the 350th anniversary of it’s formation during 2015 and as part of the events to mark the occasion it was decided that a suitable way of celebrating the milestone was required.


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Paying a visit to the SS Great Britain 

10 Sep 15

Whilst outside the normal coverage area of the blog a visit to Bristol had to include a visit to the docks to the SS Great Britain.


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Gloria visits Canary Wharf 

5 Sep 15

The last few weeks on the Thames has seen a large number of sailing ships and the latest arrival in the early hours of Thursday 3rd September saw the Colombian Navy’s sail training ship ARC Gloria arrive in West India Dock.







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