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Maritime London: Interesting Facts

.Oxo Tower Wharf was once the site of Henry VIII’s royal barge house
.100 Lambeth Road, opposite the Imperial War Museum. was once the home of William Bligh – captain of the ill-fated HMS Bounty
.The Museum of Garden History holds the graves of the Tradescant family – royal gardeners, world travellers and exotic botanists of the seventeenth century.
.The massive guns on the front two turrets of the HMS Belfast are aimed at the Scratchwood motorway services on the M1 - more than twelve miles away.
.The oldest sculls race in the world – Doggett’s coat and badge – was created by Samuel Doggett, an 18th century comic actor in recognition of the Thames watermen. The prize is Doggett’s orange coat and a twelve-ounce silver badge.
.The standard displacement of HMS Belfast is 11,500 tonnes. When fully fuelled and stored with ammunition she displaces 14,325 tonnes. .New London is home to the site of London’s oldest bridge – London Bridge, London’s newest bridge – Millennium Bridge, and the world’s most famous bridge, Tower Bridge.
.The River Thames is home to over 120 species of fish.
.Butlers Wharf in the Pool of London has the highest concentration of London’s old warehouses from when London was a busy trading port. .Old Billingsgate Market is situated on the north bank in the Pool of London. The beautiful building is decorated on the outside with fish and dolphins. In its heyday the market used to move 400 tonnes of fish daily. The fish market has now been rehoused in the new Billingsgate Market in the Isle of Dogs. The ornate Old Market is now available for venue hire.
.London’s Eastside area houses, the only lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf and the only tidal mill at Three Mills, in London.
.London’s Eastside is the only place where you can walk under the Thames through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. From Island Gardens on the north side, you can see the splendid view of Maritime Greenwich, a view immortalised by Italian artist Canaletto.
.In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers set off from Rotherhithe on their epic voyage across the Atlantic and Benjamin Franklin sailed from Greenwich in 1726
.The Discovery, Godspeed and Susan Constant - on an expedition led by Capt. James Smith (later Pocahontas's lover) - sailed with 105 people from Blackwall Stairs (opposite Greenwich) in 1607 to Virginia.

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