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  • A still summers night

    Posted on June 21st, 2014 Gavin (M/S Hans) No comments

    In the early hours the Thames can become very still, here’s a shot (26mm, 10s, f9) from the upstream end of HCM (click for high-res version & more).

    Tower Bridge, reflections & lights

    Photo: Gavin Starks M/S Hans

  • June Open Day

    Posted on June 16th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Hermitage is excited to welcome Thames Sailing Barge Pudge to our next open day. A Dunkirk little ship Pudge is usually based in Maldon, but will be available for you to climb aboard and ask her crew anything from her history to what she’s like to sail.

    On Sunday we’re offering a Foreshore Training course where we’re taking you down to the beach to find artefacts from all periods of London’s history. Tickets here

    Finish your visit with a homemade cake in the Pier House cafe while answering our worksheet or trying your hand at knot tying.


    Categories:Events, News, Open Day
  • Handrail Varnishing

    Posted on June 16th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Cindy and I (Elliot) started early on Saturday morning with the intention of restoring our beloved handrail to the shiny and pristine condition in which it was left by our predecessors two summers ago.

    In the interim it had suffered from the ravages of wind, water and sun, exuberant thumping of four sets of swinging doors and a generous spattering of barbecue fat; the bottoms of numerous wine glasses had left rings which told of a convivial and even slightly inebriate community.

    Our apologies to those of you who were troubled by the early morning buzz of twin quarter sheet palm sanders. Three hours of hand tingling work saw the tree wood again exposed. The first coat of Deks Olje D1 went on at speed with me slathering and Cindy following behind further fining my skilled work.

    The rain started earnestly just as we completed our first iteration. The result was a sorry pock-marked mess which we revisited early on Sunday and largely removed and replaced with a new coat of D1. Again it rained. And that in brief explains the current less than complete result.


  • Tower Bridge Under Construction

    Posted on May 20th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    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


    Categories:Flotsam, News
  • Marinus emerges from the paint-ship

    Posted on April 22nd, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

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


  • Albatross off to get her new Mizzen Mast

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

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


    Categories:Flotsam, News
  • Spotted

    Posted on January 17th, 2014 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    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.

  • Reflection

    Posted on December 18th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

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

  • Welcome!

    Posted on November 19th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

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

  • High Tide

    Posted on November 6th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments
    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.