Rotherhithe Overground Station, London
Guided by Canal Guides
|Day||Walk Type||Start Time||End Time|
|19 July 2020||Tour du Jour||2.30 pm||4.30 pm||Summer|
Long read: Avast ! All Hands on Deck ! Anchors away! Christopher Jones and Mayflower and Brunel and Fighting Temeraire and Cunard liners and the film “Whisky Galore” and Dunkirk Little ship and timber-laden barquentines and Thames sailing barges and Phoenix section of the Mulberry Harbour being built and floated out before D-Day and rum and ship’s biscuits and… well, we could be in 1620. Or May 28, 1940. Or June 6, 1944. We’ve got an old canal here. And a dock. And memories. And traces. To be here is to stow away in the past. Decks heaving with history. Awash with memories. The tang of salt-sea air. What a past. And with a sou’wester ripping the calendar pages off and carrying us way back – we’ve got to Greenland Dock (the earliest wet dock in London – more than a century older than St. Katherine’s Dock – it served the East India Company’s ships). Arr! Shiver me timbers! Becalmed your historical imagination ain’t gonna be at the end of your watch. 1630 hours. Tea ration time. Steady as she goes.
This wonderful walk – Grand Surrey Canal, Rotherhithe, Mayflower, Surrey Water, Greenland Dock – takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, July 19. Meeting place is at Rotherhithe Overground Station.