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You would perhaps not expect to find a sandy beach in central London, but there is one in the south bank of the Thames near Blackfriars Bridge.

If I would have posted close-up of the man walking his dog on the beach I guess nobody would have guessed that it had been taken in central London.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is seen to the right in this photo, but since I wrote about it in the note to my previous post, I prefer to say something about the three large boats in my note to this photo.

The black boat at the quay is HMS President. This boat was originally named HMS Saxifrage. It was an Anchusa class corvette of the Royal Navy completed in 1918. The Anchusa class of corvettes were a small class of convoy protection ships built to look like merchant ships for use as Q-ships in World War I. A Q-ship was an attack vessel disguised as a civilian ship. Today you could hire the boat for events, lauches, meeting and fine dining.

The two other boats are the M.V. Royalty of Absolute Pleasure Ltd. and M.V.Salient, the largest vessel of the Crown River Cruises fleet.

The M.V. Royalty was a steam passenger vessel built in 1913. She was commissioned in 1940 by the Royal Navy as a hospital ship for the injured soldiers returning from Dunkirk while M.V. Salient is a modern cruising boat.

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