- Bruce and Caroline's proper Dutch barge  Vrijheid in the early morning at Chiswick - 


I was very lucky to be invited by my friends Bruce and Caroline Le Gros to crew with them from Chiswick to Barking Creek (River Roding) on Saturday 17-June-2006 to return the ship Vrijheid (Dutch for Freedom) from a trip 'up river'.

Conservatory

The working end of Vrijheid on the wharf at Chiswick Pier. You get a completely different view of the Thames from the river - the number of boats (of all shapes and sizes) is amazing. Vertrouwen appeals to me - it has nice 'old fashioned' lines. Narrow boats look so tiny and insignificant on the Thames
Longfellow is indeed long at 130 feet ! Vrijheid approaching Chelsea Bridge Calamity Jane heading up river (with the tide). The RNLI heading up river
There are eight bronze 'friezes' on Vauxhall Bridge - a very beautiful bridge - this one appears to be the 'Grim Reaper'.. The London Eye dominates the skyline on the approach to Lambeth Bridge The 'mother of parliaments' dominates the northern bank of the Thames opposite the London Eye. Vrijheid about to 'shoot' Lambeth Bridge
There's not a lot of freeboard on this ex WWII 'Duck'. Heading for the Hungerford footbridge and Charing Cross Railway bridge. Vrijheid in the middle of London with St Pauls Cathedral in the background. From the old (and elegant) to the new (not not so elegant - in my view) - The Gherkin !
HMS Belfast still looks magnificent just upstream of Tower Bridge. A beautiful Thames sailing barge Will just downstream of Tower Bridge. Further downstream and the new development of Canary Wharf coming in to view. The National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark

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