An early start, to board MV ERASMUS at Tower Pier at 0715. We were going to cruise downstream to meet the clippers returning to London at the end of the 2015-16 round the world race, which started in London back in August 2015. More details of that race here – I don’t pretend to know that much about it…. And loads more photos and videos on their twitter feed here.
A selection of my photos here – the rest are here.
First, a widebeam and a narrowboat (CHARLOTTE MAY, from Thorne), inbound from Limehouse (departing about 0700).
Then three more narrowboats – the second locking at Limehouse. We passed them just downstream of Wapping. Only one name partly visible – NAUTI-LASS??
Business as usual on the river – a large crane barge on its way back to Leith (Edinburgh). I think it will have been working on the pier extensions further up river.
Our first sight of the inbound boats – twelve of them – tangling with the Woolwich Ferry.
They still had a mainsail up, though it wasn’t doing much as they were motoring dead into the wind.
And still the river continues as normal. The isophase light was flashing on span no 2 on Tower Bridge, but the tug decided not to enforce their right or way, and took span no 3.