Little ship left a big impression

I've often mentioned the activities of the waterways charity Thames21 in this column but I thought it might be helpful to take a closer look at the organisation’s background.

Travel in style on a steamer

The steam launch Alaska has been beautifully restored and is still offering trips on the Thames during the summer. She is now owned by Thames Steamers Ltd.

F YOU don’t own a boat, then for many people their only experience of getting out on the Thames is by taking a trip on a passenger launch. The heyday of the Thames passenger launches…

Who will toil for Belle?

Time to get out on the water again, says Desborough Sailing Club's Ross Archer.

Firstly, thanks for all the kind messages regarding my impending move to the East Coast. It’s much appreciated and I’m delighted that so many people enjoy Riverwatch – I hope I’ll be able to keep it going.

For whom the Belle tolls

Heaven and Belle: She has been gracing our waters since 1894 but the beautiful steam launch SL Belle could be sunk unless a new owner is quickly found.

I've always had a real soft spot for historic ships and boats. Vessels that hark back to an era when Britain really did rule the waves and when craftsmanship was something to be proud of rather than regarded as old-fashioned.

Restoration of historic fireboat

Massey Shaw

As most readers will know, I’m a big fan of historic boats of all kinds – everything from Thames sailing barges, through classic ‘gentleman’s yachts’ of the 1920s and 30s right through to Royal Navy warships.

Dunkirk spirit of heroic Little Ships

Dunkirk Little Ships

Tribute to boats that rescued trapped soldiers from under Hitler's nose