Heading upriver they were traveling exclusively under power; coming back downriver they all dropped some sail and looked very beautiful in the sunshine.
It is great to have tall ships back on the Thames, even temporarily.
The three-masted Thalassa is a 45m long barquetine built in 1980 and restored in 1991. Note the very small but colourful mermaid figurehead (Thalassa was a sea goddess in Greek mythology). The ship has her own website dedicated to her charter career at: http://www.tallshipthalassa.nl/en/
|Thalassa passing Greenland Pier|
|Thalassa passing Greenland Pier on|
the return journey
The J.R. Tolkien is a two-masted gaff-topsail schooner built in 1964 in Magdeburg and was rebuilt in 1996-1998 in Amsterdam.
|J.R. Tolkien, with the Royal Docks at|
Deptford in the background
|Gulden Leeuw, with a tourist boat in the foreground|
at Greenwich. How times change.