Thistle passes the flagship
There have been pictures in the newspapers and on television this week of the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Ocean, sailing up river to London to take part in the practices for security during the Olympics which have been going on over the last few days. Ocean will be back on the Thames for the actual event, and will also be providing accommodation for some of the armed forces involved in Olympic security. The Royal Navy’s Facebook page has been publishing pictures of Ocean taken by members of the public during her journey, and whilst she was moored at Greenwich. Some of them are quite amazing, as are the videos showing how close she was to the piers of the Thames Barrier as she went through it. She was pulled by two tugs, which kept the bow straight, but by the time the stern was going through it looked like the Captain must have been having a few nasty moments. Amongst the latest pictures put up today is this lovely one of Thistle, on a trip from Tower Bridge to Gravesend, passing HMS Ocean.
Picture courtesy Ollie Steed