One of the first ‘rivermen’ I met when we moved into our Thameside house was Chris Livett and his wife and co-director Belinda, who then had an office on Greenwich Pier, later moving up west to HMS Belfast, where they could enter into action with a flotilla of both work and leisure craft. Chris became Master of the Watermen’s Company and soon was at the heart of river activities, promoting the Thames as an essential artery to developing London’s riverine activities. His latest office, close by to his pier at Butlers Wharf, became the hub of diverse activities from filming James Bond on the most exciting river chases, piloting super yachts up river and, of course, making sure his numerous crews are fully trained and promoting apprentices.
His new offices in a warehouse conversion are a hub of activity and full of ideas which, more often than not, come to fruition.
Promoting house ownership for clients, his tug ‘Steven B’ towed a house and garden on one of his lighters.
Another publicity stunt announced his involvement with civil engineering projects in cooperation with Herbosch-Kiere Marine Contractors for a pair of highly versatile work platforms, which are now hard at work on major projects that have become essential when building bridges and maintenance of riverside properties.
My thanks to Deborah Montlake – a new Greenwich neighbour – who has caught my river bug of recording interesting craft as they pass her new penthouse flat at New Capital Quay where she runs a waterfront interiors firm to help clients make the most of their new riverine apartments. The influx into the massive schemes now being built will certainly need her advice!!
Here is an article from The Times that explains all about the Doggett’s Coat and Badge race…