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Tower Bridge Under Construction

Photographs of Tower Bridge being constructed are found in a skip. You can just see the HCM site on the left here behind the bridge. Picture: David Willoughby / Barcroft Media  

By | May 20th, 2014|Flotsam|Comments Off on Tower Bridge Under Construction

Marinus emerges from the paint-ship

Marinus, soon to join us at Hermitage, emerges from the paint-shop in a display that would make Henry F. proud

By | April 22nd, 2014|Flotsam|Comments Off on Marinus emerges from the paint-ship

Albatross off to get her new Mizzen Mast

Albatross now in the yard at St Osyth and with all the water gone we can't believe how we managed to navigate through!

By | April 15th, 2014|Flotsam|Comments Off on Albatross off to get her new Mizzen Mast


This fairy tale barge was spotted during a trip to Holland. It conjures up images of damsels in distress, knights in shining armour, and dark dreary dungeons.

By | January 17th, 2014|Flotsam|Comments Off on Spotted


Early morning 18th Dec'13. Look at the moon's reflection on the water !‏

By | December 18th, 2013|Flotsam|Comments Off on Reflection


After being stranded in Belgium for weeks due to bad weather, we're excited to welcome our latest addition to the moorings, Labor Vincit!

By | November 19th, 2013|Flotsam, Hermitage Community Moorings|Comments Off on Welcome!

High Tide

Highest tide we've seen on the moorings. So high the entrance gate was under water, flooding the electrics for an hour before the water fell enough for James to get in to fix.

By | November 6th, 2013|Events, Hermitage Community Moorings|Comments Off on High Tide

Open House – 21/22 September

Buildings all over London, usually closed to the public will be open throughout the weekend of 21st-22nd September as part of Open House. For the third year running, Hermitage Moorings is one of those. Highlights of this year will be our three visiting steam ships, and the chance to go on a river cruise! What's On: [...]

By | August 29th, 2013|Events, Hermitage River Projects, Open Day|Comments Off on Open House – 21/22 September

Swale Match 2013

The Kentish Sailing Association's Swale Match, now in it's 41st year, has become a tradition for the boats at hermitage. Congratulations to the following for their awards: Cabby, although not regularly moored at Hermitage she was crewed by some of our residents. Awarded 1st Brent Cup for Restricted Staysail Barges Stormvogel, looking beautiful after her [...]

By | August 13th, 2013|Flotsam, Hermitage Community Moorings|Comments Off on Swale Match 2013

1513: A Ships’ Opera – September 14th

Traveling from the mouth of the Thames Estuary to the heart of London this moving fleet of vessels with perform using all manner of horns, bells, whistles and sirens. A sight and sound not to be missed. For more details see: The Thames Festival Click here for  specific details on how HCM is involved in these [...]

By | August 13th, 2013|Events|Comments Off on 1513: A Ships’ Opera – September 14th