Harbour stroll: the river at Richmond

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Tall ships on the Thames at Greenwich

My globe-trotting, photograph-taking brother Matt found himself by the Thames yesterday evening – and spotted a number of tall ships moored on the tidal river. They make a magnificent sight, of course. Can anyone name them please?

There’s some information on the Sail Greenwich website.

Long ago film and photos of London, the Thames, and the Thames Estuary

Thames film

A 1928-9 river travelogue from Tower Bridge, through London’s busy docks, past famous downstream landmarks at Greenwich including sailing barge moorings, all the way down to Canvey Island, Hadleigh Ray to Benfleet’s The Hoy pub, and then to Southend Pier where the cameraman lands at Southend Pier heads towards town on one of the pier’s famous trains.

If that’s not enough, check out these fabulous photos of the London River published by the Standard.

PS – While we’re dreaming about the Thames, I gather that in April the Bodleian Library’s publishing arm is set to publish a new book, Writing the Thames, that collects together writings and pictures of the Thames going back to the time of Julius Caesar, and includes the 55BC story of the Chertsey elephant, lots of well known authors, drownings and dead bodies.

Excerpts from  American Henry Wellington Wack’s 1906 account In Thamesland, Being a Gossiping Record of Rambles through England from the Source of the Thames to the Sea is included,  as well as Steffan Hughes’s Circle Line recording his 70-mile epic journey around London’s waterways.