Category Archives: sb Gladys

Most powerful man in the world had to give way to Gladys

Good to see that even a US President, no doubt with a huge retinue of security,  has to recognize that a Thames sailing barge is more important:-

“Ships always have right of way.   That fact was made clear in 1997 when Bill Clinton’s presidential motorcade was split crossing Tower Bridge to allow the Thames sailing barge Gladys to pass as scheduled.   ‘We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn’t answer the ‘phone,’ said a Tower Bridge spokesman.”

Secret chuckle on reading this, which I found in a list of facts and figures about Tower Bridge.   Here’s the link to the story.

A bus once jumped a three-foot gap to cross the bridge




Sergeant shows Gladys today, and will be on Cambria tomorrow

John Sergeant has today started a series on BBC2, at 6.30pm, called Britain’s First Photo Album.   JS is following in the footsteps of Francis Frith, the Victorian pioneer of photography.   He takes some of the images and looks at how those places have changed over the years.

 Today he started in London with Chelsea Pensioners and Covent Garden.    Then he got to open Tower Bridge himself, and sb Gladys was seen passing through it downriver.

The trailer for tomorrow’s programme showed JS on board sb Cambria at Gravesend, which was filmed whilst she was based at St Andrew’s Wharf.   Matt Care tells us she was skippered by Richard and crewed by Stretch and Tim G.   He said JS and the film crew certainly enjoyed their day on board, and JS proved to be a brilliant, friendly and approachable bloke who took a good genuine interest in the project.   He was even messing about at one point doing a De Caprio/Titanic in the bows.

So the programme’s not to be missed  –  6.30pm tomorrow on BBC2. 

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