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Thursday 24 November 2016
A History of Boats on the River Thames
The History of Boats on the River Thames
The River Thames has always played a huge part in London’s rich and colourful history. Over hundreds of years it has showcased technological advances, swapping the humble lighter man barge for industrial steam tugs. The River Thames is also a backdrop for a number of historical events, from the dark days of the slave trade to jubilant coronations.
London’s waterway continues to thrive. Today, it is a tourist attraction in its own right; a cultural hub littered with famous landmarks, historical monuments, exquisite food and drink and a wide variety of leisure activities.
Bateaux London has put together a timeline to celebrate the unique history of the River Thames. Journey back in time and take a look at some of the famous boats and important events that have occurred on the iconic waterway.