Ship Strike Kills Humpback Whale Spotted Swimming in Thames

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - A humpback whale found dead in the River Thames just east of London had likely been struck by a ship, scientists who conducted an autopsy on the animal said on Thursday. The 8-meter long whale, a young female, was sighted swimming in the Thames on Monday, but was found lifeless in shallow water late on Tuesday under a major road bridge at … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for August 20th, 2012: Thames 2; Love That Dirty Water

"Yes, Christina...  London AGAIN" -- original: “London, Work and Play” by Harry Batsford, 1950 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah_DWRY8R2g VIDEO: (not quite Hawaii) "Plan of London in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth" (about 1580) (see full size and more maps) see also: Hipkiss' Scanned Old Maps of London Canaletto: London 174; The Thames and the City of … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for August 13, 2012; A River Runs Through It

Metropolitan Borough of Stepney official guide – 1960 Stepney is a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London's East End. The area built up rapidly in the 19th century, mainly to accommodate immigrant workers and displaced London poor, and developed a reputation for poverty, overcrowding, violence and political dissent. As with most of the East End of … [Read more...]