Classic Boats at St. Katharine Dock, and it was very interesting - so much so that was late for the tea party mentioned in the previous post and missed most of the Great River Race.
I didn't find out why it is St. Katharine Dock and not the more intuitive St. Katharine's Dock but I did have many interesting conversations.
One was with Billy from the Thames Police (or Billy the Bobby as I mentally nick-named him) with whom I exchanged stories about the river and its history, a subject we shared an interest in. I told him about the London Stones and he told me about the remit of the Thames Police (which I have added to the relevant post)
Pioneer), the fireboat Massey Shaw (which saw at a boat show), royal barges (Gloriana, obv.), the tug Portwey (which visited in Gravesend) and many others:
Clearly lots and lots of work had gone into keeping these boats not just afloat but in good condition, and kudos to all those that give up their time for this good cause:
Indeed I had many good chats with boat owners about the long work they do and voyages they've been on.
My favourite was the simply stunning classic yacht Croix Des Cardes (below, right):