Ice-breaker in wartime UK

Thames Conservancy tug icebreaking

For some time now, my good friend Peter Bailey at the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society has been reminding me that in the society’s Aladdin’s Cave of treasures about the history of the river and the surrounding area, they’ve had these four photos of the Thames frozen over in 1940.

Rain, rain, go away…

Chertsey Weir

I’m beginning to think that the water gods have got it in for me at the moment because every time I plan to take my boat out on the river, the fates conspire to stop me.

Testing times in floods of 1947

As I sit to write this column, it’s pouring with rain – but don’t let that detract from the fact that we’ve just come through one of the driest winters on record – and hosepipe bans are now in force across most of the southern United Kingdom.

Book for a rainy day

Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change

One of the most frustrating things about planning a day out on the river (or the sea for that matter) is that you can arrange everything to your liking with one notable exception – the weather.

Memory frozen in time

Pictures of the frozen UK jogged a memory for one of my readers who now lives in Queensland, Australia.

Skating on thick ice

Amateur meteorologist Harry Kershaw from Manchester reckons this winter could be the coldest for 270 years and he says the Thames may freeze over. Judging from the weather over the last couple of weeks, he may not be too far out.

Moody but always magnificent…

Say what you like about the river, you can never describe it as dull.