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Stardust Superyacht in West India Dock

At the beginning of the holiday weekend, we have the arrival of the Stardust superyacht which has a length of 62.5m.

The yacht was built by Amels in Netherlands who delivered the superyacht to its ownder in 2020.

The Stardust exterior design is by Tim Heywood Design Ltd., while her interior was designed by Studio Laura Sessa and Amels, with naval architecture by Amels.

She can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms and has accommodation for 14 crew members.

Other than this information, little is known about the owner or plans for yacht. The yacht does have a very unusual design and is well worth a trip to the dock where you can see plenty of other boats including the confiscated PHI and some heritage boats near Dollar Bay development.

Free Isle of Dogs River Festival at Folly House Beach – 20th August 2022

I am delighted to report that Thames21 & Isle of Dogs are holding a festival to celebrate the Thames River and its riverside residents. The river is an important part of living on the Island and has been a source of work and enjoyment for centuries.

To find out more about the river pop along to the festival.

There will be:

CLEAN-UP of the beach

RIVER DIPPING to see what lives in the Thames

LITTER DETECTIVES to collect important data

BEACH FUN including skimming contest, sand castles and treasure hunt

PAINTING BY THE THAMES with Expressions Wellbeing

LOCAL RIVER HISTORY with Friends of the Island History Trust

WELLBEING with Healthy Island Partnership and Mind in Tower Hamlets

A chance to get to know more about the @Reclaim our River campaign


Mumbai street food from the delicious Shanu’s Kitchen uk


Free Isle of Dogs River Festival at Folly House Beach – 20th August 2022

11:30am – 4:30pm, Kelson Beach aka Folly House Beach

Slipstream Superyacht in West India Dock

Another newcomer to the dock is Slipstream superyacht, the 60 m (198 ft) yacht was launched by French shipyard CMN Yachts in 2009.

The interior of the yacht was designed by British design firm Winch Design, There is accommodations for 12 guests in 7 cabins with one master, 1 VIP, two doubles, and two twin rooms. There are accommodations for 15 crew onboard.

The yacht’s exterior also features a design from Winch Design with a striking black hull and a silver superstructure.

She was built by CMN Yachts, a French shipyard based in Cherbourg Cedex, who delivered the award-winning yacht in 2009.

Considered to be worth 50 million dollars, the yacht is owned by Canadian billionaire Jack Cowin.

We certainly have a wide assortment of ships and boats in the dock at the moment and it is well worth a visit.

INS Tarangini in West India Dock

After a quiet few years, we are certainly seeing more ships and boats coming into West India Dock, the latest arrival is the INS Tarangini which is a sail training ship for the Indian Navy.

INS Tarangini is a three-masted barque, commissioned in 1997 as a training ship for the Indian Navy. She was constructed in Goa to a design by the British naval architect Colin Mudie, and launched in 1995.

In 2003–04, she became the first Indian naval ship to circumnavigate the globe.

The ship sails across the Indian Ocean region for the purpose of providing sail training experience to the officer cadets of the Indian Navy.

When Tarangini did its first circumnavigation of the globe in 2003–04, the ship covered 33,000 nautical miles (61,000 km) and visited 36 ports in 18 countries.

The Tarangini has sailed to The Great Lakes in Canada for races and has also participated in European tall ship races.

During the last 15 years Tarangini has participated in 13 expeditions sailing over 188,000 nautical miles (348,000 km; 216,000 mi), remaining at sea for over 2,100 days, visiting 74 ports in 39 countries.

The INS Tarangini is visiting London for a few days and will set sail on 18th August.

Götheborg of Sweden in West India Dock

Well, shiver my timbers, is that a pirate ship in West India Dock ? No, but it is the Götheborg of Sweden which is a sailing replica of the Swedish East Indiaman Götheborg I, which was launched in 1738 and sank in 1745.

When the wreckage of the original Götheborg was found in 1984, the idea to make a replica of the vessel was considered. The keel for the replica was laid in 1995 at the Eriksbergs wharf by the Göta älv in Gothenburg.

The construction and historical design of the ship was made by Joakim Severinsson. The vessel was built using old, traditional techniques, and it was made as close to the original as possible.

While the exterior is close to the original, the interior has an electrical system and propellers powered by diesel engines. The engines are only intended for port navigation and emergency situations. The ship has other modern aids like satellite navigation, communications equipment, modern facilities for the crew, watertight bulkheads and fire protection.

The vessel was launched on 6 June 2003 with ten tons of hemp ropes are used for rigging the vessel, together with some 1,000 blocks and 1,964 m2 (21,140 sq ft) linen sail. The replica has a crew of 80 sailors and is one of the world’s largest operational wooden sailing vessels.

The ship arrived in London on 8 August and is open to visitors every day from 8-12 August. Before docking at Canary Wharf the ship went up the Thames to pass under Tower Bridge. It is fifteen years since the ship last visited London, in 2007.

Unlike most ships which offer free admission, it will cost £15 to have a tour of this ship.

Opening hours in London
8 August: Open 14:00 pm – 20:00 pm
9 August: Open 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
10 August: Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
11 August: Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
12 August: Open 09:00 am – 11:00 am

The visit takes about an hour.

Tickets & prices
Adults: £15
Children 5-16 years: £7.5
Children 0-4 years: Free of charge