Estuarine Adventures

On Sunday we went on a bit of an adventure, courtesy of our friends on Indigo Dream. They were part of a St Pancras Cruising Club convoy that cruised all the way out out to Gravesend on Saturday, moored up overnight, and then made the trip back. We joined them for the return leg, and what a day it was! The Herbies and Chances were on board for the Saturday and have both blogged about their adventures.


We arrived in London and took the ‘Javelin’ high speed train out to Gravesend. It took just 23 minutes! We located the narrowboats out on the town pier, having picked up some Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the way. Coming along with Richard and Sue were us two, as well as boaters Andy and Sarah, Dave and Wendy. Oh yes, and the FIVE greyhounds!

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The convoy was accompanied by the tug, Major, with its Gardner 6LW engine.

We set off at 2:30, as the tide turned, heading back into London on the rising tide. Conditions were perfect.

We were nominally in a line, according to our locking order going back in at Limehouse, and mostly this was adhered to. London VTS commended us for being very orderly.

The ships out at that end of the river are quite big! But they were all very polite and friendly when our convoy leader spoke to them over the VHF radio, and we had no problems with wash. It was just so interesting to motor past them and to marvel at their size.

We passed under the QEII bridge, where the M25 crosses the Thames, waving at a red London bus as it crossed. Then, eventually we were back on waters we had been to before, as we passed the entrance to Barking Creek and the Barrier, always a thrill to pass through.

The Isle of Dogs was choppy, as usual, and then were back in London, and through Limehouse Lock. A wonderful way to spend and afternoon, and the hospitality was superb! Thanks so much for inviting us, Richard and Sue!

Maybe next year we can bring Willow- her bluff fore-end would be well suited to the Tidal Thames!

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St Pancras Station sculptures

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The QEII bridge from the train

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Tug Major

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Morning Cornet – 623ft long!

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Archie doing looking

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8 thoughts on “Estuarine Adventures

  1. What an adventure!

    “Five Narrow Dogs to Graversend”?


  2. Brought back many happy memories reading your post. I spent many happy years sailing around the lower Thames estuary and the QEII bridge was always a highlight when travelling between Canvey Island and St Kathrine’s dock

  3. Haha, I’ve been on the same trip on board NB Dragonfly, also joining them for the way back to London and then on to StPancras! What a magnificent day that was.

  4. What great photos – we’re still sorting ours out! It was a great pleasure to have your company – hope you join for more adventures (in between Willow DIY) 🙂

    Sue, nb Indigo Dream

  5. Great pics – especially of the QE2 Bridge.

  6. Judith Matthews

    that looks amazing!! the pic with all the bnoats in looks like a D day enactment with flotilla of narrowboats!! Just awesome x

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