Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Hang on, there's a restaurant sailing by. . .


Earlyish morning at St Katherine's by the Tower of London (I'm staying on the boat this week) and I'm rather surprised to see this floating restaurant being towed out into the Thames!

I'd always though the thing looked a big too leaky to go to sea - patches glued all over it and bits were falling off as she was towed out into the lock - you can see one patch at the waterline on her bow - but it turns out she was originally on station in Denmark as a lightship for 99 years and so a big part of their heritage. They are towing her off to the Medway - sounds a bit risky to me!! but it was slightly surreal to see a restaurant (for that is what she had become) being towed through the lock gates. Not sure the one chap with a tiny fender on a long string will help much once they get into the Thames though.

Whatever next...

1 comment:

Andrew (Australia) said...

mmm...look the same size as a prison hulk my great-great-great-great grandfather once stayed on, also in the Thames. Hopefully, the food is better!