Thames tideway trip

I went along with Trevor and Jeanna to crew on their narrowboat GLAD-WIN. After the St Pancras Cruising Club safety brief on Friday, five boats set off early for a trip on the ebb down to Margaretness. They were spotted by friendly photographer @Thameswatch, who posted some photos on twitter here.

Meanwhile SENTINEL, GERTRUDE (who also took some photos of the early birds) and GLAD-WIN had a lie-in, and then made some desultory preparations for the off.

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Waiting for the early risers to appear from Canary WharfDSCF7265 DSCF7266

Quite lumpy in the lower poolDSCF7271DSCF7274

Tower Bridge, Shard, Cheesegrater etcDSCF7276 DSCF7277 DSCF7278

Superyacht VANISH (a somewhat inappropriate name?). I discover from Superyacht Times that it only sleeps 12 guests.DSCF7279

London Bridge. Most of the orange bridge lights have been replaced with new LEDs, which are much clearer.DSCF7281

Getting nicely lined up for Cannon Street and Southwark Bridges



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Waterloo Bridge, and Tower LifeboatDSCF7287 DSCF7288

Lots of chunky civil engineering toys approaching WestminsterDSCF7291 DSCF7293 DSCF7294

Palace of WestminsterDSCF7295 DSCF7298

Tug rounding up at Battersea – note the little motor boat carrying on regardless.DSCF7301

I think my favourite riverside Church – St Mary’s BatterseaDSCF7306

Hammersmith  – watch out for the green buoy (only one boat hit it this time …)DSCF7308 DSCF7310

Lots of rowers  – regatta taking place between Chiswick and KewDSCF7312 DSCF7313 DSCF7314 DSCF7315 DSCF7318 DSCF7319

Perfectly timed arrival at Brentford at 1415, just as the first boats
were being let out for the run up to TeddingtonDSCF7320

Gertrude, with one of my walkie-talkies on board, carries on to Teddington…DSCF7321 DSCF7324 DSCF7325


4 thoughts on “Thames tideway trip

  1. Looks like you had a good trip. I’m heading to the Basingstoke Canal next week, locking out of Brentford on Monday 16th…its 2 hours before high tide isn’t it…useful as HT is 1144 so shouldn’t have to gt up too early and should get to the Wey/Basingstoke junction my Monday evening in time for the locks to open Tuesday morning. My crew prefer that section of the Thames rather than the pool. BTW what VHF channel do SPCC normally use for boat to boat comms on the tideway?


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