Thames Sailing Barge Parade & Popup Museum
16th &17th September 2017
Schedule - Confirmed.
Friday 15th September 2017
- Barges will begin to arrive for the parade from Kent, Essex and Suffolk and will lock in to West India Dock at 09.30hrs and 16.00hrs.
- The barges will moor alongside Thames Quay and can be viewed from the quayside by the public.
- They will be open on Sunday and everyone will be invited to step onboard between 10am and 5pm when they become a Pop-up Museum
- Those barges participating include Gladys, Edme, Ardwina, Victor, Reminder, Repertor, Ironsides, Melissa, Marjorie, Kitty, Niagra, Will, Centaur, Thalatta,
Saturday 16th September 2017 (Parade Day)
Tower Bridge Lifts at approx 12 Noon tbc
Address: Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2AA
River Thames, City of London, Upper Pool.
- 09.00 West India Dock Lock gates open
- 09.30 Barges leave Thames Quay and head into the lock: up to 12 barges can fit in and once all securely moored up the lock gates will shut.
- Edme will be towed by another barge as she has no engine.
Viewing of this can be from the river entrance to the dock at Blue Bridge, Prestons / Manchester Rd, Isle of Dogs. E14 9LZ, a short walk from South Quay DLR
Blue Bridge E14 9LZ Edme and all other barges parade starting location
- 10.30 Once the levels in the river and dock are the same the traffic is halted and the Blue Bridge is raised.
- Barges motor out of the lock and head up river to Canary Wharf. Viewing for this can be at Canary Wharf Pier where the Clipper Boats pick up from
- 11.00 The barges will get into their order of parade, lead by Sailing Barge Gladys with Edme bringing up the rear being towed by Livett’s tugs.
This is the order, but it could change on the day: Gladys, Ardwina, Centaur, Victor, Reminder, Thalatta, Repertor, Melissa, Kitty, Niagra, Will, Edme.
They then head up the river towards Tower Bridge.
- 12.00 Traffic is stopped and Tower Bridge begins to lift.
The largest fleet of barges will parade through the bridge and into the Pool of London in close formation, heading up towards London Bridge.
Here they will wait, stemming the fast flowing ebb tide until Tower Bridge road has cleared of traffic and can re-open again.
- 12.45 When conditions are ready, the first barge, SB Gladys will turn and lead the parade of barges back out of the Pool of London and through Tower Bridge.
- 2 small Livett’s launches will help the barges turn and the PLA Harbour Master will ensure all other river traffic keeps clear.
If conditions are suitable many of the barges will set some of their sails on the short journey outward bound.
- The fleet of barges will head down river and lock back into West India Dock at approx 13.45. By 15.30 all barges will be moored back alongside Thames Quay and can be viewed from the quayside.
They will be open to the public on Sunday between 10am - 5pm for the Pop-up Museum
Vantage Points for Pictures at TSBP
Best vantage points for pictures when the barges arrive are:
London Bridge (gives front view of barges - looking down onto the whole parade with Tower Bridge in the background).
The banks around the Upper Pool:
South Bank (port view of barges - left side).
North Bank (starboard view of barges - right side)
Tower Bridge gives rear view of barges with ability to see the whole parade stemming the tide at London Bridge.
The barges are in the Upper Pool for some 30-40 minutes before they are turned by tug boats and head back out towards West India Dock. Best view of the tugs turning the barges is at London Bridge.
Best vantage points for pictures when the barges are leaving are from the banks if you want Tower Bridge in your shots.
South Bank (starboard view of barges - right side).
North Bank (port view of barges - left side).
Taking pictures from Tower Bridge as the barges leave will give you an overhead view of the barges down onto the decks. You will need a wide angle to get the whole barge in your shots.
Sunday 17th September 2016 (Popup Museum) 10am - 5pm
Address: Thames Quay, Marsh Wall, E14 9SG
Public Transport : South Quay DLR line
- Pop-up Museum Day from 10am - 5pm Milwall Cutting Quay: - Just across the road from South Quay DLR
Address: Milwall Cutting Quay and Thames Quay, Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SG (as shown in the map)
- Fantastic opportunity to step onboard many of the Thames Sailing Barges which will be moored alongside the Thames Quay with easy access.
Learn about the importance of the Thames Sailing Barge and their history through the pop-up exhibition.
See the cargos they used to carry through the authentic displays on the quayside.
These are some of the exhibits you will find:
Last Updated 4th September 2017
This is now the fixed and confirmed schedule.