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New Views Of The Thames

The Port of London Authority has linked up with Google:
- in fact they have linked up with Google Street View:

The Thames is the first river in the UK and Europe to be mapped by Google’s Street View technology, which provides 360-degree panoramic imagery to users across the world on Google Maps. While Street View cameras had voyaged to Moscow’s Red Square, the explorer, Scott’s, Hut on Ross Island and some of the world’s highest peaks, they were yet to make their way down England’s longest river until now.

The 360-degree photographic views of the river are live on Google Street View, which viewers will be able to find on www.maps.google.co.uk or on https://www.google.com/maps/views/home.

Incidentally, if you are ever looking for some really good photos of London or the Thames, try the PLA twitter feed- there are often some cracking photos appearing there.

And Spare A Thought For Those At Sea

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There are gale warnings around nearly all of the British coast – with” perhaps hurricane force 12″ in the Thames shipping area.

(bear in mind this is the area of sea near the Thames . not the river itself)

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Spare a thought for the seafarers on those tankers  that bring in diesel for our cars, the container ships that bring in clothing for our shops, the bulk carriers that bring in stone and rock salt for our roads, those ships that  take grain to other countries….

Lots of Seals !

From the Port of London Authority Website:

An astounding 708 seals have been spotted in the Thames Estuary in the first ever count by air, land and sea, carried out by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Conservationists and volunteers jumped into boats to help tally the number of grey and harbour seals along the Thames, whilst others took to the air for a bird’s eye view of the coast, or stuck to solid ground to investigate small creeks and rivers.

Full article here, and an interactive map here.

A Chinese View Of the Thames

If you are still interested in the giant container cranes that have just arrived near Stanford-le-Hope in Essex , click on the link below for a news report from the People’s Daily Online.

It would be nice to think that this port will make Essex famous worldwide – but the Chinese report calls the location  “East London”.

VIDEO: GIANT CHINESE CRANES SAIL TO LONDON CCTV News – CNTV English.

The Giant Cranes Arrive

The giant cranes that we we mentioned in January arrived today in the Thames! You see a BBC news report here and their jobs list here.

If you are thinking of a career there, have a look at their website here.

Giant Cranes On Their Way To Essex

The Port of London Website reports:

World’s Largest Quay Cranes Set Sail for London Gateway

Towering at a height of 138 metres, taller than the London Eye, London Gateway’s colossal quay cranes are on their way to the UK’s new deep-water container port.

The first three of the port’s giant quay cranes, manufactured by Shanghai’s Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), have started their journey from China.

The enormous crane’s boom has a reach that will allow it to pick up containers 25 rows across deck, beyond the width of the world’s largest container ship.

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Tim Halhead, London Gateway Operations Director said: “The size of the cranes future proofs the port, allowing London Gateway to handle the next generation of ultra large container ships. These cranes are among the most advanced in the industry, assisting our operatives to deliver a reliable and consistently high level of productivity.”

The new London Gateway container terminal is on the Thames, near Stanford le Hope. The cranes  really are going to be new landmarks! ….. and the terminal should create more local employment (though more traffic on the A13 as well…)

 

The Eerie Towers Of Shivering Sands

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If you go to Shoeburyness East Beach on a clear, cloudless day you can see some towers in the far distance.

They are the towers of Shivering Sands – built between 1942 and 1943 as gun platforms against German bombers. So they may well have protected your family’s home during World War 2.

Their history after the war includes a colliding ship, pirate radio and a fatal shooting.

Find out more at the subterrain blog.

If You Go Near The Thames…

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Royal Danish Yacht Dannebrog Photo: Erik Christensen, Porkeri Website

If you get close to the River Thames in the next couple of days, you might see some cruise ships and superyachts leaving after the Olympics.

As the Port of London Authority website explains:

More than 20 vessels including cruise ships, sailing ships and super yachts came specially to London in the two weeks running up to the Games. Now they all want to leave in the space of 72 hours. Vessel departures already planned, with more bookings expected, include:
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Monday, 13 August: Sailing ship, Belem***
Cruise ships Caledonia Sky* and Deutschland*
Royal yacht, Dannebrog*
Super yacht, Deniki*
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Tuesday, 14 August: Sailing ship, Stad Amsterdam*
Cruise ship, Braemar**
Super yachts, Seanna and Octopus*
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Wednesday, 15 August: Cruise ship, Gemini**

Incidentally, the Dannebrog is the Royal Danish Yacht. The Octopus is the megayacht owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.

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