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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 and Canary Wharf, 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, STS Tenacious, Alexander von Humboldt II and Eendracht.
However there were visits from other Tall Ships including the impressive American USCGC Eagle and the Mexican Cuauhtémoc.
Super Yachts seem to be getting bigger and more lavish and we had a number of Super Yacht’s returning to the dock including the very expensive Ilona and Kismet.
There were visits from a number of Navy Ships especially from France and Germany . HMS Duncan, HMS Severn and HMS Kent visited on behalf of the Royal Navy.
There was a degree of nostalgia when the Thames Sailing Barges had an open day and parade, once made in their thousands, they were the workhorses of the Thames trade and watching them going down the river was one of the treats of the year.
The Massey Shaw, The Portwey and the Lord Amory which are permanently moored in the dock provide year round interest.
Super Yacht Force India
Super Yacht Lady S
Super Yacht Kismet
Super Yacht Ilona
Super Yacht Jamaica Bay
Super Yacht Grace E
STS Lord Nelson
Stavros S Niarchos
Alexander von Humboldt II
Dutch Tall Ship Stad Amsterdam
Polish Navy Sailing Ship ORP Iskra
Dutch Tall Ship Eendracht
American Tall Ship USCGC Eagle
Mexican Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc
German Navy Ships
Royal Navy Ships
French Navy Ships
Swedish Navy training ship HMS Falken
Sailing Yacht Anakena
Association of Thames Yachts
Thames Sailing Barge Parade and Open Day
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.
After a quiet period for visits, West India Docks welcomes three ships from the German Navy. Two coastal minesweepers FGS Siegburg, FGS Pegnitz and auxiliary support vessel FGS Main are berthed in the dock and will be moored until the 18th April.
The FGS Siegburg and FGS Pegnitz are based in Kiel, are part of the 3rd German mine-sweeping squadron, whereas the FGS Main is normally stationed in Eckernförde and is part of the 1st German submarine squadron.
The FGS Main was commissioned in 1994 as a supply ship and is known as a Type 404 Elbe class replenishment ship or tender which supports the German Navy squadrons of Fast Attack Craft, submarines and minesweepers. The ships carry fuel, fresh water, food, ammunition and other materials.
The FGS Siegburg and FGS Pegnitz are minesweepers of the German Navy’s Type 352 Ensdorf class which carry remote controlled Seehund drones which locate and destroy mines.
According to the German Embassy, the ships will moor in West India Docks between the 15th to 18th April and be open to the public from 2-4pm on the 16 April 2016.
The vessels are part of a German task group visiting London. The task group led by the commander of the 3rd German minesweeping squadron, Commander s.g. Axel Schrader, is currently on a two weeks squadron exercise, which started on 11 April. The first week of exercise focused on seamanship, as well as damage control and communications, to followed by mine countermeasure exercises.
The task group will return to their home ports on 22 April.
Regular contributor, Eric Pemberton managed to get a few photographs of the FGS Main coming into the dock.