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Tall Ship Atyla in West India Dock


After a few super yachts, it is nice to welcome a tall ship into West India Dock, the tall ship is the Atyla which is a Spanish based and used for educational and training purposes. Like a number of training ships, the Atyla is run by a non-for-profit organisation which creates exciting and challenging experiences for people from a variety of backgrounds.

During the summer season Atyla sails on voyages of 1 to 4 weeks with a crew is composed of: 4 professional Crew members, 1 Educational Coach, 3 Watch Leaders and 16 Trainees.

During the winter, the ship normally stays at her homeport, the Maritime Museum of Bilbao, where her crew runs local educational activities and carry out essential maintenance works.

Atyla was built in Spain between 1979 and 1984 and was intended to try to circumnavigate the earth following the Magellan-El Cano route, she finally stayed in the Canary Islands doing day trips. In 2005 the government of the region of Cantabria (Spain) hired the ship for promotional services before it began to be used for educational purposes.

The ship has a length of 31 metres with a beam of 7 metres and last year travelled to  Portugal, Bermuda, USA, Canada and France.

It is believed that the ship will be in dock for number of days and will be open to public for some of the days.

From Island of Dogs to Isle of Dogs – The origins of Canary Wharf

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In a part of London with a long and varied history , it will be quite surprising to many people that Canary Wharf itself has a recent and humble history.

Canary Wharf  takes its name from No. 32 berth of the West Wood Quay of the Import Dock. This was built in 1936 for Fruit Lines Ltd, a subsidiary of Fred Olsen who from the 1920s got involved in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands  for the  fruit trade. It was Fruit Lines Ltd  request, that the quay and warehouse were given the name Canary Wharf.

The Canary Wharf warehouse survived the Blitz with only minor damage but the Fruit Lines Limited moved to a new Fred Olsen Lines facility at the Millwall Docks in 1970 . The original warehouse  itself was demolished in 1986.

From these humble beginnings  the new developments of the 1980s and 1990s of the old docks began to refered to as Canary Wharf until it achieved national and international recognition.

By a bizarre coincidence the Canary Islands themselves are known in Latin as Canariae Insulae which translates as Island of Dogs.