The Friday Photos: Boats On The River

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By TimW Last edited 68 months ago
The Friday Photos: Boats On The River
Just one lone passenger on the upper deck of this ferry, by ADW
Just one lone passenger on the upper deck of this ferry, by ADW
Hurricane Clipper, by marosvongrej
Hurricane Clipper, by marosvongrej
Dawn over the Thames, by D1v1D
Dawn over the Thames, by D1v1D
Storm clouds to rival the Jubilee weekend, by violinconcertono3
Storm clouds to rival the Jubilee weekend, by violinconcertono3
Small boat, big river, by jon smith
Small boat, big river, by jon smith
Low tide by Kew Bridge, by stevekeiretsu
Low tide by Kew Bridge, by stevekeiretsu
Rowing boats at Richmond, by thomas100
Rowing boats at Richmond, by thomas100
River Thames and London's City in the background
Thames Traffic, by frenchconnector
River Police, by msganching
River Police, by msganching
River Cruise, by Stephskimo
River Cruise, by Stephskimo
Rowing near Twickenham, by Andy Blackwell
Rowing near Twickenham, by Andy Blackwell

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant was a typically British affair. There was a spirit of amateurism about the proceedings: a procession of eccentric boats, some of which were apologetically small. Australians could be heard unfavourably comparing the spectacle to sea parades in Sydney Harbour.

But these days, the Thames isn't really about pomp and ceremony, and our austerity pageant reflected that. It's a working river — albeit a fairly quiet one — with ferries, police and pleasure boats making good use of its generous space. There is also freight transport, as the Londonist podcast has documented.

This selection documents the array of boats of the river, and it is merely coincidence that so many of these images feature looming clouds. Where the sun does break through, as it does with a dawn shot (image three), the river sparkles.

All images courtesy of Londonist Flickr pool contributors: marosvongrej, msganching, stevekeiretsu, jon smith, Stephskimo, _ADW_, D1v1D, thomas100, frenchconnector, violinconcertono3 and Andy Blackwell

See also London's best boats and ships.

Last Updated 08 June 2012