Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant
3 June 2012
On Friday 1st June Portwey steamed up the Thames to take up her mooring just astern of HMS BELFAST for the pageant. The event itself on Sunday 3rd June was a great success despite the weather which quickly deteriorated into cold, driving rain.
As the royal barge swept by,Portwey was acknowledged with a wave from the Queen and Prince Harry requested the whistle be blown.
It was good to see old friends such as BARKING, KENT and VIC 56.
Harwich Sea Festival
22 July 2012
Attendance at this festival involved quite a lot of planning of crew rosters and navigation to ensure a safe passage.
The sea festival on Sunday 22nd July was successful despite a late start due to our allocated berth being occupied. A system for showing small groups of visitors around was devised to avoid congestion and many people including children were shown around the tug on a gloriously sunny and warm afternoon.
Portwey was not allowed back to South Quay for a week due to the arrival of many superyachts for the Olympic Games but this was to prove a blessing in disguise as many visitors came aboard each day when the tide permitted, most giving generous donations.
The passage back went well, despite a few thunderstorms, and Portwey arrived back at South Quay to find the dock crammed full of superyachts, tall ships and even the Danish royal yacht.
Due to the enforced delay in returning from the festival, Portwey was unable to attend the Thames Barge Match in 2012.
footnote:– Portwey used approximately 10 tonnes of coal during this event at a cost of £300 per tonne.
of London's Thames Festival
8th & 9th September 2012
The Thames Festival weekend was a great success helped by perfect weather.
The following day was spent moored in St Katharines dock along with many other historic vessels and a constant stream of people queued patiently to come aboard in the afternoon.
So much interest was generated that, despite an early start, six guests joined us for the short trip back to South Quay on the Monday.