Special Day Trip to London

14 September 2000

Report and pictures by Martin Longhurst

As a lucrative charter in London had been obtained, the intended Thames Estuary cruise was re-arranged as a single trip from Strood to London Bridge City Pier.
Leaving at 10.00, the Kingswear Castle steamed under grey skies with a cold breeze blowing. There were only about 40 on board, but a special treat was arranged in the form of bacon rolls, cooked on the fiddley, just behind the funnel.
Further up the Thames the steam tug Portwey was encountered and both ships kept station for a time before the Portwey steamed off at a rate of knots. Later the KC came upon her moored at Greenwich, and she set off in pursuit.
KC arrived in the Pool of London on time at 18.30.




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