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18/04/2010 - Lord Nelson
After all the fun of an evening at the horse races, anchored off Margate Roads, we were woken (well, most of us!!) by the noise of the anchor chain and the anchor being brought up at 0600hrs. The early start was to ensure that we were on time for the tide and for our pilots, John Freestone and Jean Buckpitt – plus a few colleagues! It was a wonderful day with wall to wall sunshine and everyone was able to enjoy the trip up the River Thames, under the Queen Elizabeth II bridge, past the Millennium Dome (O2 building now!), Greenwich Royal Navy College and maritime museum, past the site of the Cutty Sark, and up into Canary Wharf and West India Docks where we are now berthed. Even the River Police were welcomed on board – and we were able to tell them a bit about us too! We always manage to draw a crowd especially when we come into London – what a sight! So if anyone is trying to find us, the Docklands Light Railway runs right past us – just look out for the three masts!!!