10-11 August 2019:
London to London:
Circling Great Britain and Ireland

By Corey Sandler

Silver Wind arrived at London Tilbury port on the River Thames after a day at sea in a howling storm, in gale force winds and high seas.

Tilbury was not our original plan, but when the winds blow things change.

Our captain wrestled with the issue of getting our ship through the London Flood Barrier and through the Tower Bridge at London. Ultimately, it was the river pilots who made the call: Tilbury.

Silver Wind at the pier in Tilbury today
In case you were wondering its location, here is World’s End just downriver from the Tilbury dock. This pub has been in operation, in one form or another for about 300 years and was mentioned in the diaries of Samuel Pepys in the 17th century. All photos by Corey Sandler

Sorry, but safe, we thus completed a lovely cruise that began in Reykjavik, Iceland and visited several ports of that island nation and then continued to the Faroe, Shetland, and Orkney islands and on to the big island of the United Kingdom at Scotland.

Here are some photos from this cruise:

Edinburgh Castle. with the stands set up for the Military Tattoo extravaganza
A shop sing in the Shetland Islands
Godafoss Falls in Iceland

From here, we’re off on a circle route, stopping first in Fowey, Cornwall. From there we visit the independent nation of Ireland with calls in Cobh, Bantry, and Galway. We’ll continue to Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, to visit Londonderry, Belfast, and Dublin.

Continuing our circle we’ll call at Holyhead in Wales before making a morning passage through the Tower Bridge back here in London. I hope you’ll join me in these pages. Here’s our plan:

All photos and text Copyright 2019 by Corey Sandler, all rights reserved. See more photos on my website at http://www.coreysandler.com


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