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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: http://www.ornc.org/events/detail/architecture-for-all

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  • 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 3masted 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.

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    More details of the ship can be found at: www.shtandart.eu

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    ARTISTS AT WORK

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  • 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

     

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