My son-in-law Simon Hack recently visited a trade show at London’s Excel Centre close by Greenwich in the Royal Docks, noted for their deep water moorings.
Present was HMS Iron Duke – a type 23 frigate, and also a river class patrol vessel HMS Tyne, which had paraded in front of our Greenwich house – a vessel often manned by universities and sea cadets. Also in port was the Belgian Navy ‘Castor’, the German corvette Ludwigshafen, the Canadian HMCS Winnipeg and the frigate INS Trikand. These details appeared in my monthly treat Sea Breezes.co.im, a magazine published in the Isle of Man. Luckily its brim-full pages cover a multitude of maritime interest which I so enjoy each month – a subscription would make a wonderful Christmas present which arrives promptly every month.
The Excel Centre seems to attract a diverse number of exhibitions, being on the DLR it is so handy for Greenwich. The January Boat Show is a must. The specialist mooring facilities are laid specially each year, installed by the Eel Pie Island contractors who built our ‘deck’ which oversails the tideway next to the rowing club. The family firm specialise in providing marine docking facilities up and down the tideway. Approved by the PLA, they are typical of Thameside craftsmen who are still making a living in spite of the large international contractors who are brought in for the ‘mega’ structures. The handsome wooden piled deck, hand built by father and son, with their own barge-mounted crane, tug and lighter are a delight to see as they chug by!