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Steaming Programme 2017

Tall Ships Festival
14 to 16 April 2017

Our first steaming coincides with the gathering of the Tall Ships at Greenwich for the 2017 Tall Ships Festival. They will be moored on the Thames from 12-16 April before taking part in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Quebec, Canada.

There will be many opportunities to photograph these fine ships and each trip will also provide a fine close-up view of the Thames Barrier.

Tall Ships Festival

Through the Thames Barrier

A donation of £35 per person is requested to cover steaming costs (£40 is requested for Trip 1 - Working Lock Experience and Tall Ships)

Complimentary hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.


Date Depart Return
Trip 1
Friday
14 April
1400 1700
Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trip 1
Friday
14 April
Working Lock Experience and Tall Ships - Portwey will depart West India Dock and steam down river to the Thames Barrier, passing Greenwich and the Tall Ships on the way. This is a unique opportunity to experience the working of a lock and view the Tall Ships. This trip will end at Mast House Terrace Pier for disembarkation. 1400 1700
Date Depart Return
Trip 2
Friday
14 April
1700 1900
Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trip 2
Friday
14 April
Tall Ships and Thames Barrier Experience - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and head down river to the Thames Barrier, passing Greenwich and the Tall Ships on the way. After passing through the Thames Barrier we turn and head back up river for another viewing of the Tall Ships before returning to Mast House Terrace Pier. 1700 1900
Date Depart Return
Trips 3 to 6
Saturday
15 April
0900

1100

1400

1600

1100

1300

1600

1800

Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trips 3 to 6
Saturday
15 April
Tall Ships and Thames Barrier Experience - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and head down river to the Thames Barrier, passing Greenwich and the Tall Ships on the way. After passing through the Thames Barrier we turn and head back up river for another viewing of the Tall Ships before returning to Mast House Terrace Pier. We offer 4 sailings for this cruise that all follow the same itinerary. 0900

1100

1400

1600

1100

1300

1600

1800

Date Depart Return
Trips 7 to 9
Sunday
16 April
0900

1100

1300

1100

1300

1500

Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trips 7 to 9
Sunday
16 April
Tall Ships and Thames Barrier Experience - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and head down river to the Thames Barrier, passing Greenwich and the Tall Ships on the way. After passing through the Thames Barrier we turn and head back up river for another viewing of the Tall Ships before returning to Mast House Terrace Pier. We offer 3 sailings for this cruise that all follow the same itinerary. 0900

1100

1300

1100

1300

1500


Thames Barge Match
Saturday 15 July 2017
Scenic Trips on 14 & 16 July

Thames Barge Match

On Saturday 15 July Portwey will again be steaming close to these magnificent vessels which make a very impressive sight as they race under full sail down the Thames to Southend and return to Erith.
This will be a full day trip offering unrivalled opportunities for photography at close quarters.
A donation of £70 is requested and a ploughman's lunch will be provided as well as hot drinks throughout the day.

On Friday 14 July and Sunday 16 July Portwey will be taking guests for trips on the River Thames between Tower Bridge and the Thames Barrier. Each trip will last 2 hours and all sailings are limited to a maximum of 12 passengers. A donation of £35 per person is requested to cover steaming costs. Complimentary hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.



Find Mast House Terrace Pier

Date Depart Return
Trip 10
Friday
14 july
1200
1400
Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trip 10
Friday
14 July
Working Lock Experience - Portwey will depart West India Dock and steam up river to Tower Bridge. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the working of a lock and view Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast from the river. This trip will return to Mast House Terrace Pier for disembarkation. 1200 1400
Date Depart Return
Trip 11
Friday
14 July
1400 1600
Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trip 11
Friday
14 July
Late Afternoon London - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and take a leisurely cruise up the Thames to Tower Bridge and see Traitors Gate and Bloody Tower from the river. We then proceed down river towards the Thames Flood Defence Barrier. This trip will return to Mast House Terrace Pier for disembarkation 1400 1600
Date Depart Arrive
Trip 12
Friday
14 July
1600 1900
Date Sailing Details Depart Arrive
Trip 12
Friday
14 July
London to Gravesend - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and steam to Gravesend, passing through the Thames Flood Defence Barrier. This trip will take between 2 and 3 hours and guests will disembark at Gravesend Town Pier. 1600 1900
Date Depart Return
Trip 13
Saturday
15 July
0830 Disembark
1700 (Approx)
Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trip 13
Saturday
15 July
The 2017 Thames Sailing Barge Match -Join Portwey at Gravesend and steam with us to witness the spectacle of Thames Barges under full sail racing each other down the Thames to Southend and back to the finish line at Gravesend. There will be great photo opportunities at close quarters. 0830 Disembark 1700 (Approx)
Date Depart Return
Trips 14 to 16
Sunday
16 July
0900

1100

1300

1100

1300

1500

Date Sailing Details Depart Return
Trips 14 to 16
Sunday
16 July
Lazy Sunday London - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and take a leisurely cruise up the Thames to Tower Bridge and see Traitors Gate and the Bloody Tower from the river. We turn at HMS Belfast and proceed down river past the historic Greenwich Palace and Cutty Sark towards the 02 Dome and the Thames Flood Defence Barrier. We then return to Mast House Terrace Pier for disembarkation. We offer 3 sailings for this cruise that all follow the same itinerary. 0900

1100

1300

1100

1300

1500



Portwey's 90th Birthday Celebration
at Gravesend’s Something for The Weekend
5 & 6 August 2017


London to Gravesend Trip
Friday 4 August 2017

Portwey has been invited to take part in Gravesend’s Something for The Weekend on the very special occasion of her 90th birthday.

Guests are invited to join us on Friday 4 August 2017 for the 2 to 3 hour trip from Mast House Terrace Pier in London disembarking at Gravesend Town Pier. A donation of £35 per person is requested to cover steaming costs.

Over the weekend guided tours of up to 8 people will be run by crew members and will take in all parts of the vessel. Portwey will be in steam making the tours that much more interesting.

The donation requested for a guided tour is £3 per person.


Date Depart Arrive
Friday
4 Aug
TBA TBA
Date Sailing Details Depart Arrive
Friday
4 Aug
London to Gravesend - Leave Mast House Terrace Pier and steam to Gravesend, passing through the Thames Flood Defence Barrier. This trip will take between 2 and 3 hours and guests will disembark at Gravesend Town Pier. TBA TBA

Date Opens Closes
Saturday
5 Aug
1100 1600
Date Details Opens Closes
Saturday
5 Aug
Celebrate Portwey's 90th birthday with us at Gravesend’s Something for The Weekend - Visit Portwey at the Town Pier for a guided tour of the Engine and Boiler room, Bridge and Forward Cabin.
1100 1600

Date Opens Closes
Sunday
6 Aug
1200 1700
Date Details Opens Closes
Sunday
6 Aug
Celebrate Portwey's 90th birthday with us at Gravesend’s Something for The Weekend - Visit Portwey at the Town Pier for a guided tour of the Engine and Boiler room, Bridge and Forward Cabin.
1200 1700


St Katherine Docks Classic Boat Rally
Weekend 9/10 September 2017

This is an annual event and part of the River Thames Festival. It is planned to steam Portwey to St Katherine Docks and berth her there for the festivities as we did last year.

Guests are invited to join us on either Thursday 7th or Friday 8th September (date to be determined) for the trip from West India Dock disembarking at St Katherine Docks. A donation of £25 per person is requested to cover steaming costs.

Guided tours of up to 8 people will be run by crew members and will take in all parts of the vessel. Portwey will be in steam making the tours that much more interesting. (see reports of last year's events below).

The donation requested for a guided tour is £3 per person.


Date Depart Arrive
Early Sept TBA TBA
Date Sailing Details Depart Arrive
7 or 8
Sept
Working Lock Experience - Portwey will depart West India Dock and steam up river to St Katherine Docks. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the working of a lock and view Tower Bridge, disembarking at St Katherine Docks. TBA TBA

Date Opens Closes
Weekend
Early Sept
1100 1800
Date Details Opens Closes
Weekend
9/10 Sept
St. Katherine's Classic Boat Festival - Visit Portwey in St. Katherine Docks for a guided tour of the tug including engine and boiler room, bridge and forward cabin. 1100 1800



Hermitage Pier
Weekend 16/17 September 2017

Portwey will be at Hermitage Pier over the weekend of 16 / 17 September and open for visitor guided tours.




Steam Experience Days

Book a whole day on Portwey and be part of the crew, as a Steam Experience volunteer on any of our steaming days.

Join a crew member in the engine room, boiler room or on the bridge of our unique Vessel.

Firebox

In the engine room you will have the opportunity to lubricate all of the seven steam engines on board, respond to telegraph instruction from the bridge to change speed or direction of the vessel and support the crew on watch.

In the boiler room you will add coal to our twin furnace boiler as directed to maintain boiler pressure between 100 and 135 psi, keep the water level within working limits by using the GS pump to add water and de-ash the grates as required.

On the Bridge

On the bridge you will be under the supervision of the skipper and will steer the ship to maintain a given course. Use the telegraph to communicate with the engine room to change speed or reverse the ship and assist in keeping a record of course and speed.

On deck, this is your opportunity to view the seascape, help the deck crew tidy away ropes etc. and maintain a tidy ship.


The day costs £250 pp including:
one years membership of the Steam Tug Portwey Trust
plus ploughmans lunch and refreshments.

See information booklet and booking form.

Information and Bookings: stportweyevents@hotmail.co.uk
07480 139 522


Filming and Corporate Days Out

Portwey is available for Filming and Corporate Days out in and around Canary Wharf, London -
Information and Bookings: stportweyevents@hotmail.co.uk
07480 139 522

Did you know that part of the Channel 4 series TITANIC was filmed aboard Portwey?


Past Events 2016

Thames Barge Match
Saturday 25 June 2016
Scenic Trips 24 & 26 June

After the winter maintenance programme was completed in late May it was time to load Portwey with coal and water for the 2016 steaming events. This was completed in time for our first steaming weekend which included the Thames Barge Match.

Coaling underway at South Quay

It takes two days and ½ tonne of coal to reach the boiler pressure of 100psi required for steaming so on Wednesday 22 June the fires were lit and on Friday 24 June, after thorough testing of all the machinery, Portwey left her berth at the start of her first trip entitled "Working Lock Experience". After passing through the lock and under the raised road bridge Portwey proceeded into the Thames at full speed.

Portwey passing through the Thames Barrier

After one more 2 hour trip it was time to head down river towards Gravesend for the Barge Match briefing and a pleasant berth alongside the quay. The next day, after an early start to raise a full head of steam by 0800hrs, Portwey steamed at full speed to catch up with the racing barges. With warm sunshine and light to moderate winds the Thames Barges made a fine sight as usual. At the completion of the match our guests were ferried ashore and Portwey proceeded up river to be in position for Sunday's scenic trips. On the way, approaching Greenwich, Portwey was caught in a thunderstorm which deposited a large amount of hailstones on deck and caused the wheelhouse windows to steam up!

Racing Sailing Barges

Three 2 hour trips with guests were undertaken on Sunday before Portwey returned to her berth at South Quay.

Portwey sliding under the raised road bridge into the lock

River Thames Scenic Trips
29 to 31 July 2016

The next steaming took place over the period 29-31 July during which a total of nine 2 hour scenic trips were made with guests aboard. The weather was again kind to us with mostly dry and quite warm days.

Some of the engine room crew


St Katherine Docks Classic Boat Festival
Weekend 10/11 September 2016

PORTWEY was again invited to take part in the annual Classic Boat Festival which is part of the Thames Festival programme. She made the short trip up to St Katherine Docks on Thursday 8 September which left us with plenty of time to smarten her up as much as possible on the Friday. That evening there was a drinks reception hosted by the marina staff where crews were able to meet up and socialise.

Portwey at the Classic Boat Festival

Saturday was a busy day with a constant flow of visitors despite some rain in the afternoon. Proceedings were opened by the blowing of ships whistles with Portwey's the loudest of course! Visitors were shown around all areas of the tug in groups of up to eight people. In the evening the marina staff organised a barbecue for boat crews on the main display pontoon.

The crew warming up for the barbecue

Sunday was a much better day weather wise and visitors to the docks w ere treated to a display of mock firefighting with the fire boat Massey Shaw and Portwey using their powerful hoses.

The firefighting display

Portwey left St Katherine Docks at 1030hrs on Tuesday 13 September for the short trip around to Hermitage pier.

Portwey approaching Hermitage Pier



Hermitage Pier Open Weekend
17/18 September 2016

Portwey arrived at Hermitage Pier late morning on Tuesday 13 September and was given an outside berth with a fine view of Tower Bridge and The Shard.

The view from Hermitage Pier (taken earlier in the year)

Portwey and Massey Shaw at Hermitage Pier for the open weekend

Many visitors came aboard on both open days over the weekend and again were escorted around the tug in small groups by crew members. On Sunday evening the crew were invited to a barbecue which was lit with the aid of coals supplied from Portwey's fires.

How to light a barbecue!

Portwey returned to South Quay on Monday 19 September where she will remain over the winter while essential maintenance is carried out.



Past Events