Thames

Alternative returns, as does Autumn

After nearly two weeks of Indian summer sunshine, Alternative ventured out on to the Thames for one last trek around the Isle of Dogs from Limehouse to West India Dock.
As you can see, the cloud was particularly low-hiding the tip of Canary Wharf.

Thames Boat Project

While moored at Teddington, I came across the Thames Boat Project preparing to return to their mooring at Kingston.
The Project is a registered charity that gives people of all ages the chance to access the Thames, to discover the river, and to learn more about its environment.
The specially adapted community barge, the 'Richmond Venturer', provides day and residential cruises for people of all ages and abilities from its berth in Kingston upon Thames, and is also used as a floating classroom by local schools.

Micheal Jackson statue at Fulham FC

Nothing prepares you for the surreal statue of Jacko amounst the burger vans of Fulham Football Club.

Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed was friends with MJ and invited him to Fulham FC to watch them play Wigan in 1999.

We saluted Jacko with a volly of 'Shamone's' and 'HeeHee's' before continuing on our way.

HMS Richmond

While travelling on the Thames early one morning, Alternative came face to face with HMS Richmond steaming up stream.

The 5000 tonne Portsmouth-based warship was to moor along side HMS Belfast and then on to Richmond for the 'Freedom Parade' on the 9th July.

HMS Richmond is a Type 23 Duke Class Anti Submarine Warfare Frigates in service with the Royal Navy. She is the 8th warship to bear the name.

For a 20 tonne narrow boat armed at best with a bread knife and whisk, the Richmonds guns and sheer speed made for a rather intimidating experience.

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