The Tall Ships are coming to Greenwich


Preparation by the PLA in laying moorings just in front of my studio promises some good views into the interesting variety of vessels due to arrive for the Easter Regatta.  ‘London Titan’ is the newest of the buoy handlers aided by ‘Driftwood III’, a much smaller bit of kit which is more of a familiar sight on the tideway.

The care and attention is critical and the operation is carried out with passing fast ferries reducing their speed to a minimum.  The red and yellow warning flags are readily recognised and understood by navigators.  As I write, a length of steel piping is lowered down into the river bed to make sure that ‘London Titan’ is exactly at the correct position to install the mooring chain and bright yellow mooring buoys.  The crews of both craft are glad of their ‘high viz’ jackets and hard hats as their operation is hazardous with the lowering of ‘sinkers’ attached with taught cables.  The drizzle of passing showers doesn’t help!

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Peter Kent shares his Thames riverside studio viewpoint

One response to “The Tall Ships are coming to Greenwich”

  1. Andrew Cox says :

    Hi Peter,

    Have been enjoying your recent posts and artwork.

    Just to let you know that I have recently retired (hopefully permanent) and have signed up to be part of the crew on Christian Radich for the voyage from Greenwich to Sines.

    We will be in Greenwich over the Easter weekend to enjoy the atmosphere and get me in the mood for the voyage!

    Angela and some family and friends will be there on Easter Sunday to see me off as we leave as part of the parade of sail. I expect to be on deck for the departure so will give you a big wave as we pass your deck.

    Hope you are both well and best wishes.

    Andy & Angie (old neighbours at 5 Highbridge)

    Andy & Angie Cox 28 Springfield Road Bexleyheath Kent DA7 6DX

    Mobile 07720 068269 Home 01322 523783

    Sent from my iPad


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