Historic ships at 2016 London Boat Show


After an absence last year the 2016 London Boat Show being held at the ExCel exhibition centre in London’s Royal Docks once again has a number of boats on display in the adjoining dock – whilst not in the numbers of days go by it is still good to see boats in their natural habitat.

Aside the very large and very smart looking all new Sunseeker 131 the rest of the waterborne craft are of the more historic variety.

The fireboat Massey Shaw is once again in attendance and promises a number of firehose displays during the course of the show which is well worth a watch.

Massey Shaw (5) @ KGV Lock 07-01-16

All part of the contingent are two former Thames tugs, namely the MT Kent and the MT Touchstone.

Kent (1) @ KGV 07-01-16

Touchstone (1) @ KGV Lock 07-01-16

A reminder of the type of vessel once seen in great numbers on the Thames and around the Royal Docks is the Sailing Barge Melissa one of a number of such vessels that can often be seen on and around the Thames – important that these don’t become forgotten history.

SB Melissa (3) @ KGV Lock 07-01-16

The final vessel is the Spirit of Falmouth which is a replica pilot schooner and is now used as a sail / adventure training with a focus on supporting wounded armed forces personnel.

Spirit of Falmouth (7) @ KGV Lock 07-01-16

The other arrivals for the show including a flotilla of narrowboats from the St Pancras club.

Narrowboats @ KGV 07-01-16

More pictures of these and the other waterborne arrivals for the boat show can be seen here.

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