Category Archives: Historical

Ancient & Modern – sailing trawler Excelsior at Lowestoft; 31 October 2019

The restored 1923 sailing trawler Excelsior, LT472 enters Lowestoft inner harbour through the Bascule Bridge, and a look at a trio of more modern vessels alongside the quays.

EX-Baltic Trader Queen Galadriel heads out, 25 October 2019

Still earning her living after being built in 1937 and having a hardworking life, Queen Galadriel is now a training ship, operated by the Cirdan Trust, and taking crews of…

Beautiful moment; 20 July 2019

A hundred years ago, you’d have seen dozens of these Thames Barges crossing Harwich Harbour on every tide, heading for Ipswich, Pin Mill , London river or dozens of other…

Historic lightship LV18 under tow, 23 November 2018

After a few weeks alongside Orwell Quay at Ipswich while her regular berth at Harwich is being dredged, historic lightship LV18 was tow back home by Gray Salvor on 23…

Dredgers City of Cardiff & Welsh Piper pass Portishead, 18 October 2018

Filmed from Battery Point, Portishead, Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers City of Cardiff and Welsh Piper head downstream.

Lightship LV18 arrives at her temporary Ipswich berth; 25 September, 2018.

Retired Trinity House Lightship LV arrives in Ipswich wet dock and comes alongside her temporary berth – she’ll be heading back to Harwich when her home berth is dredged. Filmed…

Lightship LV18 under tow up the River Orwell, 25 September 2018

Retired Trinity House Lightship LV18 under tow up the River Orwell to a temporary berth at Ipswich, where she will stay while her regular berth at Harwich is dredged. Filmed…

History Afloat; Sailing barge Reminder storming along, 19 August 2018

Despite the grey weather, sailing barge Reminder takes us back to the days when fifty or more barges set sail from Harwich, Ipswich, Mistley and creeks on the Orwell and…

Paddle Steamer Waverley departs Harwich, 27 Sept 17

A misty morning means few views for trippers aboard historic paddle steamer Waverly, after she departs from Ha’penny Pier, Harwich, bound for Tower Bridge at 10.30am on Wednesday, 27 September…

Ipswich Maritime 2017 – summing up . . .

Although I was only there for a couple of hours, it looked like a fantastic event with plenty of room for growth and improvement! Be good to see more ships,…

Aboard 1963-built Tug Touchstone at Maritime Ipswich, 2017

Join us for a chat with Rob Chandler, the owner of the preserved tug Touchstone, built in 1963; and take a brief look at the engine room of this beautifully…

Aboard steam ship VIC 96 at Maritime Ipswich, 2017

Having a chat with crew member Julian Swift aboard the beautifully preserved steam ship VIC 96 at Maritime Ipswich, 2017:

Historic tug Kent passing through Harwich Harbour, 21 August, 2017

After spending the weekend alongside at the Maritime Ipswich event, tug Kent passes through Harwich Harbour – heading home to the Medway.

Historic tug Touchstone passing through Harwich Harbour, 21 August 2017

After spending the weekend at the Maritime Ipswich event, tug Touchstone is heading through Harwich Harbour on her way to the Medway.

History Afloat: Barge Thalatta heading into the Orwell, 29 July 2017

The beautifully restored sailing barge Thalatta, over 110 years old, heading up the Orwell after passing the quays at Felixstowe, with a nice breeze on the beam and the flood…

2 Historic Trading Barges, 27 June 17

Coastal and river traffic was a vital part of commerce in the past, and Humber trading barges like Waterdog, built in 1876, and Thames Sailing Barge Repertor, built in 1924,…

Paddle Steamer Waverley sails from Harwich, 2 October 2016

The 1946-built paddle steamer Waverley sailing from Harwich on the morning of Sunday, 2nd September 2016

Clipper STAD AMSTERDAM outbound from London 31/8/16

The 2000-built STAD AMSTERDAM seen here passing Gravesend on the River Thames after her visit to London as she heads for sea and a 4 day trip to Hamburg, Germany.

Steam Tug Portwey on the River Thames – 30/07/2016

A little cruise on the River Thames aboard the preserved Steam-Tug “Portwey” from the Isle of Dogs up to Tower Bridge and then back past Greenwich to The O2 on…

Down the Thames aboard MV Balmoral, passing London Gateway, 24 June 2016

A short clip filmed aboard 1949-built MV Balmoral, passing the UK’s newest port, London Gateway opened in 2013.

MV Balmoral approaching and berthing at Southend Pier, June 2016

Historic Excursion Ship MV Balmoral arriving at Southend, Essex, and coming alongside at Southend Pier – the world’s longest pleasure pier, on 20th June 2016: