Friday 30th January 2015 – The River Thames Commemoration

The historic Havengore will again honour the great statesman, retracing the route taken exactly 50 years ago. The event on 30 January 2015 will be viewable live by those in London and televised for a wider national and international audience. Members of the Churchill family will be on board. The Company of Watermen and Lightermen will supply the boat crew in their ceremonial uniforms, and Scottish pipers will play as the Havengore slowly makes her way up river. The Havengore will be escorted by the duty boats from the Port of London Authority, the River Police, the Fire Service and the RNLI, and Tower Bridge will be raised in honour of the great Statesman as the small flotilla passes under the bridge.

Contact Details: Julia Linehan, Operations Director Email :

Timings: Havengore – Churchill Commemorative Service – 30th January 2015
Average speed of 5 knots
12:40 Havengore cast off from HMS President–Band plays ‘Rule Britannia’ from HMS President
12:45 Tower Bridge opens – Bag Pipes Play
12:47 Lower End of Tower Pier
12:50 Bow of HMS Belfast – 4 gun salute, and salute from uniformed staff
12:53 London Bridge
12:54 Cannon Street
12:55 Southwark Bridge
12:58 Millennium Foot Bridge
13:00 Blackfriars Bridge
13:06 Waterloo Bridge
13:07 Festival Pier
13:08 Charing Cross Rail Bridge
13:11 London Eye
13:13 Westminster Bridge
13:15 Houses of Parliament: service begins, broadcast to other boats and river bank
13:30 Wreath is cast onto the Thames
13:35 Service Concludes and Havengore returns to St Katharine’s Pier

New information will be added and updates made in the run up to the 30th January 2015.

Havengore sails into the history books 30th January 1965…

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