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  • Open Day Weekend – 19th & 20th September 2015

    Posted on August 26th, 2015 James Walters No comments

    This weekend is co-ordinated with the Open House London event, which showcases interesting buildings and architecture around London not usually open to the public. In this case, the floating pier house and the moorings of a community of live-aboard barges.

    There will be a cafe with refreshments in the pier house, and archaelogy artefacts from the foreshore on display.

    We also have two amazing historic vessels visiting the moorings, especially to be open to the public.

    The Massey Shaw is a fire tender vessel originally launched in 1935. Length 78 foot, 13’9″ beam, gross tonnage 50. During WWII she helped evacuate troops from Dunkirk and helped extinguish fires along the Thames during the Blitz. She has been completely restored recently with help from a Heritage Lottery Grant, and is now back at home on the Thames.

    The VIC96 is an ex Admiralty Victualling Inshore Craft, built in 1945. Length 85 foot, 20′ beam, gross tonnage 145. They were designed to take supplies out to naval ships lying at anchor. These type of vessels were built specifically for service in WWII, based on the Clyde Puffer type and with coal fired steam powered propulsion to avoid use of scarce oil resources.

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  • Open Day Weekend – 27th & 28th June

    Posted on July 9th, 2015 James Walters No comments

    Hermitage had two interesting historic vessels coming up the Thames to be here and open to visitors. The Thames sailing barge “Will” (built 1925, steel) and Tug “Touchstone” (built 1962).  All the resident vessels were here as usual, with information panels explaining their histories. The cafe in the pier house proved popular as usual. Another successful open weekend!

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  • Open Day Weekend – 14th/15th March

    Posted on March 12th, 2015 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Hermitage is excited to welcome Mike Webber back to the moorings to run two Mudlarking training courses. Saturday he’ll be taking guests down to the foreshore to look for hidden artifact from all periods of London’s history. Sunday you can then learn how to sort/identify your findings. More info/tickets available here

    Thames Sailing barge ‘Will’ is open to the public on Saturday, along with the regular selection of homemade cakes, activity sheets and rope tying challenges.

    Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • 2015 open day dates & events

    Posted on January 2nd, 2015 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    2015 Open Days

    • 14th/15th March
    • 27th/28th June
    • 19th/20th September (London Open House)

    Special Events

    March 8th – As part of the Thames Porpoise Survey, the Song of the Whale survey boat will be at Hermitage Moorings to show photos, sound bytes and more about the survey and all types of sealife found in the river. Details at the Marine Conservation Research website.

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  • Living on the River – 23rd October

    Posted on October 18th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Two of our local residents are speaking about Living on the River at the Royal Naval College on October 23rd, between 18:30 and 20:00. Synopsis:

    “As London grows ever denser and its property prices climb beyond the reach of many would-be homeowners, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in opportunities to inhabit the Thames and its associated waterways. From the recently established residential community at Hermitage Wharf to innovative Dutch models of floating housing, the evening will consider the pleasures and challenges of living on the water.”

    For tickets see:

  • Shtandart Open to the Public

    Posted on September 25th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Russian replica Frigate Shtandart arrived at Hermitage yesterday. This beautiful 3-masted ship now dominates the moorings. We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to get an up close look on Sunday, when we’re inviting visitors on board. Ship is open 10am-4pm for a £3 donation which will go towards the ship’s maintenance.


    More details of the ship can be found at:

  • Tall Ships Parade

    Posted on August 24th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Stormvogel, Albatross and Onderneming, three of our resident boats, will be on parade as part of the Tall Ships Regatta on Saturday 6th September. Further details here

  • Open House @ HCM

    Posted on August 24th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    We’re excited to be part of Open House again this year. We’ll be open to the public 10:00-16:00 both Saturday and Sunday so pop by and say hello.

    We’ll have two visiting boats, dutch sailing barge Volharding and tug Touchstone.

    See our listing here.

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  • Swale 2014

    Posted on August 6th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    DSC0736405:30 Friday 1st August and the moorings was a buzz. Four of our barges were away to Faversham for the Kentish Sailing Association’s 42nd Swale Match. It was the first down river trip for crew on Ederlezi so we had agreed to go in convoy. We hadn’t got as far as Greenwich when we were pulled to one side by the Port Of London Authority to give way for cruise ship Berlin. Huddled on the side of the river, we felt small and insignificant as this giant breezed by us under her own steam dwarfing even some of the buildings on her way to berth next to HMS Belfast.

    DSC07360No two trips down the river are the same. However, this one will be remembered due to ‘Steam-boat’ Hans. Shortly after passing Greenwich she started running hot and pumping out lots of grey smoke, even after an emergency drop-off of oil from Albatros things were still not looking good. For a while we lost her behind one of the numerous bends of the river, unsure if she’d given up and returned home. Luckily as the river started to open up, she came into view, slowly chugging along still encased in this unusual puff of grey.

    DSC07452We took the short way around the Isle of Sheppey, through the Kings Ferry bridge and along the windy swale to meet up with fellow hermitage resident Stormvogel and other Swale match competitors moored outside Faversham creek.




    Race day came, and another early start. Although only one boat, Twee Gezusters, was competing from Hermitage, onboard were representatives from four, including Albatros’ skipper who was taking notes ready to provide fierce competition next year! The wind started off light which meant we were drifting more than racing. The slow start meant we had to apply for a change of course due to our second mark being out of water at the time we were due to reach it. Not deterred we rounded an imaginary mark and joined the fleet of homeward bound yachts. Including Pudge, who came to visit us as part of the open day in June.

    All in all it was a good day. Big thanks to our crew, who helped Twee Gezusters come first in Class 6 – Dutch Barges, winning it the Jack Pawsey Trophy and another beautiful green pennant.

    Details of the Swale Match can be found here, and further photos are available in our flickr album.

  • Pudge at our June Open Day

    Posted on July 31st, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    OpenDayJune2014_PudgeJust got given a handful of new photos from June’s open day. Available on flickr, but this is my favourite.

    Don’t forget to join us at our next Open Day on September 20th/21st where Tug Touchstone will be joining us

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