It was a gloriously sunny day in Royal Greenwich for the last day of the Tall Ships Festival. I chose this day to visit as all the ships were due to assemble and sail past Greenwich’s historic waterfront and head out to sea down the Thames.
Royal Greenwich is packed full of top visitor site and is a UNESCO world heritage list. Time itself was invented here – well the Greenwich meridian was – there’s the Maritime Museum with the coat Nelson was shot and died in, there’s the Royal Observatory, the Painted Hall and so much more. But yesterday was all about the tall ships.
London was hosting a 4 day Tall Ships Regatta for the first time in 25 years and 50 ships gathered in Greenwich at was the final port for the race from Falmouth on the south-west coast of England, a race which started on 31st August.
The sail past itself was a magnificent sight as ships of so many shapes and sizes glided past serenely and off to sea and more unknown journeys and potential battles with the oceans. I loved the huge white Polish ship which had the massive groups gasping in amazement as it came close by, and the wonderful old style warships were evocative of how the Thames may have looked in the 16th century.
Here is my selection:
What a wonderful sail past, I hope you enjoyed it too.