Last year when the Olympics were taking place, West India Dock was crowded with Super Yachts. The arrival of the Big Eagle in West India Dock attempts to bring a bit of that glamour back to West India Dock.
Big Eagle was a regular visitor to the Cannes Film Festival and hosted a number of Festival parties. However recently she was sold and now is used as personal yacht for her new owner.
Although built-in 1980 , she had a major refit in 2004 , there is luxury accommodation for up to 12 guests and has a crew of 10.
She has a Length of 172′ (52.43m), Beam: 26′ (7.8m) and Cruising Speed of 12 knots.
Also in West India Dock is around 15 Barges, part of a rally organised by the DBA (the Barge Association )
Many are Dutch barges which are already popular in the UK as houseboats or venues, Millwall Dock has a number of Barges resident and near the Museum of Docklands there is the Leven restaurant.
There is a wide assortment of barges which a few times a year come together for rallies both in the UK and on the continent.
Finally to close our nautical post, I just happened to be walking near the Blue Bridge when the Cruise Ship Berlin was passing the O2 on its way to Tower Bridge.