HMCS Winnipeg transits the Royal Docks


The last week has seen a number of Warships moored at the Excel exhibition centre for the DSEi 2015 event and most of the ships have now left – late this afternoon it was the turn of the Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg to transit the docks on her way out to the Thames.

When you see the now deserted waters of the Royal Docks with a ship in them you realise the immense scale of the water area and can only image what the scene would have been like when the docks were full of ships.

HMCS Winnipeg (1) @ Royal Docks 19-09-15

The vast open space of the Royal Albert dock

As she continued on her way she passed London City Airport which is the new source of transport activity in the Royal Docks with the landmarks of London in the background.

HMCS Winnipeg (5) @ Royal Docks 19-09-15

HMCS Winnipeg and the tugs passing London City airport

The video shows Svitzer tug Cecilia bringing HMCS Winnipeg in to the KGV Lock followed by a picture of her and the second Svitzer tug Mercia waiting for the lock gates to close.

HMCS Winnipeg (3) @ KGV Lock 19-09-15

Waiting in the lock

The following two pictures show HMCS Winnipeg waiting in the lock for the water levels to be equalised with the Thames.

HMCS Winnipeg (4) @ KGV Lock 19-09-15

Three men in a boat… or is it on a roof?

HMCS Winnipeg (5) @ KGV Lock 19-09-15

HMCS Winnipeg in the KGV lock compound

Then, with the outer lock gates opened it is out into the river Thames.

HMCS Winnipeg (6) @ KGV Lock 19-09-15

Moving slowly from the lock to the river

HMCS Winnipeg (1) @ Gallions Reach 19-09-15

Starting the turn downstream

Safe voyage home to the crew of HMCS Winnipeg and thanks for visiting London’s Royal Docks.

HMCS Winnipeg (3) @ Gallions Reach 19-09-15

HMCS Winnipeg homeward bound

Pictures of the other ships and boats that attended the DSEi 2015 event can be seen here.

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