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  • 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.
  • Open House – 21/22 September

    Posted on August 29th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    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:

    • Volharding will be operating river cruises that include a Tower Bridge lift. Tickets on sale now
    • After their performance in 1513: A Ships Opera, three of the participating boats will be staying at Hermitage so you can have a closer look. Vic 96, Barking and Kent will all be available, including their crew. If you time it right on Sunday you’ll even get to see Vic 96 in full steam as she heads back to her home in Chatam.
    • As well as our visitors, we have 18 permanent boats moored at Hermitage, these will all be on display with residents standing by to answer your questions about what its like living on the river.
    • If the boats aren’t enough there’s a Café, rope board where you can practice your knots and an activity sheet for the kids
    Categories:Events, Open Day
  • Swale Match 2013

    Posted on August 13th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    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 recent paint job was given the Faversham Creek Cup for Traditional Steam or Motor Vessels
    • Twee Gezusters, back to defend her title for a second year running was awarded the Jack Pawsey Remembrance Trophy for Dutch Barges /Humber Keels

  • 1513: A Ships’ Opera – September 14th

    Posted on August 13th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    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 events.

  • Lost Cabaret – Tuesday 23rd July

    Posted on July 22nd, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    One of it’s last previews before heading up to Edinburgh join us for Almond Roca’s Lost Cabaret:

  • This weekend – Open Day 13,14th July

    Posted on July 8th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    Its the Wapping Shindig this weekend, why not come by Hermitage beforehand to visit our historic boats? We’re open both Saturday and Sunday 10-4. With a cafe serving tea, coffee and cakes. For the kids among us, there’s even an activity sheet.

    Categories:Events, Open Day
  • Harbour porpoises

    Posted on May 30th, 2013 Islay (Twee Gezusters) No comments

    During a cruise up the Thames, we stopped just opposite Battersea park for some lunch, when someone said they saw dolphins. We all carefully watched the spot, and there they were again. Two small dorsal fins appeared briefly side by side, then disappeared again. They were swimming upstream against the tide but were quickly losing ground. We reported this to ZSL’s Marine team who came back saying they were most likely Harbour Porpoises. Heres the information they gave:

    When feeding, they commonly surface to breathe about four times every 10 to 20 seconds before diving for up to six minutes, it is possible that this is the behaviour you saw. The European population has been declining significantly for the last 30 years so this information is of great value to us. The decline in their abundance is mostly due to bycatch in commercial fishing nets.
    Generally these creatures are shy so congratulations for managing to spot one! Harbour porpoises feed mostly on fish and are the smallest of all the cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises). A good way of distinguishing them from their dolphin relatives is to identify their blunt round head and small triangular dorsal fin, which you did.