If you are looking for the hovercraft seen on the Thames on 15th March 2011, click here.
Sorry for the appalling photo quality, but I just saw a hovercraft on the Thames heading into central London.
Normally when sitting at home, I hear unusual boats (etc) as they approach the flat and I get up to have a look at the odd noise. Today, the windows were closed so I missed this until it was right in front of the flat and I scrambled to get the camera – by which time, it was a hundred yards or so away.
Anyhow – this is an ideal time to suggest reserving a weekend for a rather special event later this year.
This year happens to mark the 50th anniversary of the first crossing of the English Channel by a hovercraft, and the national hovercraft museum will be hosting a four-day series of events in the last weekend of July.
The museum is just outside Portsmouth and is about 90 minutes by train from London – so ideal for a day out.
Still waiting for the exact details to be announced, but the preliminary itinerary sounds exciting.
- James Bond “Die Another Day” Hovercraft
- Exciting Guest Hovercraft including 3 Rescue Hovercraft
- Giant SR.N4 Hovercraft “The Princess Margaret” Open to the Public
- SR.N5 & SR.N6 Restoration Projects
- SR.N6 Twin Prop Open
- Over 40 Historic Hovercraft from the collection on Display
A slightly better photo taken later in the day when the Hovercraft was leaving London.
And finally, a close up taken on Saturday afternoon when it was back and on “my” side of the river.
As I was able to see the registration number, I was able to look up the details of who owns it and sent them an email asking if there was a specific reason why it was in town this weekend.
Seems that they hire the hovercraft out for private charters – Hovercraft Rental