It’s not every day that we get to see Royalty in the Royal Docks but today was one of those rare occasions.
The London based Absolute Party Cruises brought their vessel the MV Royalty in to the King George V Lock today to allow the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to undertake a routine safety inspection to ensure that the vessel is safe to operate as an events boat on the Thames.
The KGV Lock is often used for such maintenance and inspection tasks as it is a sheltered area of non-tidal and wake free water with good access from the dockside and also has an on-site workboat.
For a vessel that is over 100 years old (and is included on the UK National Historic Ships register) she is looking in pretty good shape.
Hopefully she passes the inspection and is back working the Thames again.
A few more pictures can be seen here.