It is that time of the year when people begin to review the past 12 months, carrying on the tradition from previous years, we are listing the ships that have visited West India Docks in the last year.
With all the development surrounding West India Dock, there was some concern that the number visiting the dock would be severely curtailed but although numbers were down a little, we still had an interesting mix of ships and boats.
Some old Tall Ships favourites returned, the Stad Amsterdam, Stavros S Niarchos, STS Lord Nelson and STS Tenacious but after seeing see the final appearance of the old TS Royalist in 2014, it was a pleasure to see the new TS Royalist bought into dock.
Other interesting Tall Ships included Polish Tall Ship Zawisza Czarny, Dutch Tall Ship Eendracht, the entertaining Colombian Tall Ship A.R.C Gloria and the controversial Chilean Training Ship Esmeralda .
Super Yachts seem to be getting bigger and more lavish and the visitors covered a wide range, however the final Super Yacht visitor of the year Ilona probably takes the award for the largest and most expensive.
The visits from NATO ships continued this year with various navies represented but there was probably more from the German Navy. HMS St Albans ( F83) and HMS Grimsby (M108) represented the visits from the Royal Navy.
There were some other interesting visitors, the hi -tech Tara Expedition Ship, the unusual visit from a cruise ship ( Star Legend ), the ship with royal connections ( MV Hebridean Princess ) and the historic Havengore.
The Massey Shaw, The Portwey and the Lord Amory provide year round interest in the dock and the various ships being used for dredging have shown the dock still attracts working boats.
Super Yacht Ilona
Super Yacht Latitude
Super Yacht Mischief
Super Yacht Forever One
Super Yacht Positive Carry
Cinderella IV sailing yacht
Stavros S Niarchos Tall Ship
Tall Ship Tenacious
Dutch Tall Ship Eendracht
Polish Tall Ship Zawisza Czarny
Colombian Tall Ship A.R.C Gloria
STS Lord Nelson
Chilean Tall Ship Esmeralda
Dutch Tall Ship, Stad Amsterdam
TS Royalist, TS John Jerwood and TS Jack Petchey
Six NATO Ships
Belgian Navy BNS Godetia ( A960 )
Latvian Navy ship Talivaldis (M-60)
HMS Grimsby (M108)
the Dutch Navy Ship Schiedam (M860)
The Estonian Navy ship EML Admiral Cowan (M313)
The Norwegian Navy ship Hinnøy (M343
German Navy Ships
Méndez Núñez in West India Dock
HMS St Albans ( F83) in West India Dock
Tara Expedition Ship in West India Dock
MV Hebridean Princess in West India Dock
Cruise Ship Star Legend in West India Dock
Havengore in West India Dock
May we wish all our readers a Happy New Year and we look forward to the new visitors to the dock in the new year.