The Port of London Authority run a club for all recreational boaters – the Thames Tideway Navigators Club. It’s free to join. One of the many benefits is that you have the chance to take a ride on one of the PLA’s regular Harbour Service Launch patrols. Today I had the pleasure of joining Darren Knight (who organised the PLA’s part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant) and his colleagues on a trip from Barrier Garden Pier in Woolwich up to Putney.
There were no great emergencies, and the flashing blue lights were not used. But I got to see a lot more of the river bed than is usually the case – we punched the last of the ebb all the way. The PLA aim to do regular patrols around low water if they can, to spot obstacles on the river bed, and over-enthusiastic mudlarkers. Darren drew our attention to a number of features and hazards, and gave us some tips for safe navigation.
Captions are above the photos to which they relate. Weather: overcast. Number of narrowboats spotted: nil.
The HSL heading downstream
I walked from North Greenwich tube station down to the Barrier
Coin street – the Corporation of London’s rubbish depot.
I was surprised how many of the rubbish barges (and indeed other boats) sit on the bottom at low water. Also, a good example of campshedding, and why you should keep away from it.
Some of the many boats working on the Tideway Tunnel project
A good illustration of why you should in general aim to go
through the middle of bridge arches
St Mary’s Church, Battersea.
I have it on good authority that there will be a new visitor’s mooring here soon
Darren explaining something.