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Kingwood
 
Joseph Mears - Thames Launches - Kingwood Launches - King Cruises - Thames River Boats - River Thames Boat Hire
 
 
Kingwood was built in 1915 by Salter Brothers for Joseph Mears of Richmond. After WW2, she was operated by Thames Launches (1947-76), George Wheeler (1977-82), Harbourside Investments (1983-86) and C.H.Wyatt (1987-2000) according to Trip Out. However, Dix lists her as owned by Kingwood Launches from 1976-1984). In 2000 she was sold to King Cruises, continuing on sailings from Westminster to Kew, Richmond and Hampton Court, as part of the Thames River Cruises consortium. In 2008 she was sold to Colin Bullock who runs her on charters as River Thames Boat Hire, plus continuing her services on the Hampton trips.
 
To charter this boat contact: www.riverthamesboathire.com
 
The complete list of Salter's boats built for Mears were the Viscount (1908), Connaught (1911), Royalty (1913), Hurlingham (1915), Kingwood (1915), Marchioness (1923), Queen Elizabeth (3) (1924), Abercorn (1925) and Viscountess (1926). All remain in service in 2006, except the Marchioness, which was lost in an accident in 1989, and Abercorn which suffered a major fire in 2005 whilst at her moorings.


Contacts:-
www.riverthamesboathire.com - for charters
www.thamesriverboats.co.uk - for Westminster-Kew-Hampton Court services
 
Sections on this Page:-
Kingwood (Joseph Mears: 1915-1947 - built: 1915)
Kingwood (Thames Launches: 1947-1947)
Kingwood (King Cruises: 2000-2007 - built: 1915)
Kingwood (River Thames Boat Hire: 2008- )
 
Thames Passenger Boat Pages:-
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Colliers Launches - Westminster-Kew-Hampton Court services - Thames River Boats
Joseph Mears - Westminster-Kew-Hampton Court services
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Thames Launches - Westminster-Kew-Hampton Court services
www.thamesriverboats.co.uk - official website
www.riverthamesboathire.com - for charters
 
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References:-
Royal River Highway: Written by Frank L. Dix - published David & Charles 1984
Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - various editions from 1977 to 2005 consulted
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
 
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Kingwood
(Joseph Mears: 1915-1947 - built: 1915)
 
 
Kingwood at Richmond in 1922 with an Esperanto Congress charter
Scan: Howard Webb






Kingwood
(Thames Launches: 1947-1947 - built: 1915)


Kingwood at the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race in 1951
Photo: © David Lord




Postcard of Kingwood at Teddington in Thames Launches ownership






Kingwood
(King Cruises: 2000-2007 - built: 1915)
 
Dennis postcard L016067L of Kingwood at Westminster with the Houses of Parliament.




Kingwood at Westminster.
Photo: © Ian Boyle in 2001.
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Kingwood at Milbank.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th March 2006.
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, Westminster, 16th May 2006.
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Kingwood on a Westminster-Hampton Court-Westminster return
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th May 2006.
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Kingwood at the Albert Bridge, Chelsea.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 14th June 2006.
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Kingwood at Westminster.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 14th June 2006.
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Kingwood at Westminster and Festival Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Kingwood of King Cruises near the Royal Festival Hall
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007






Kingwood
(Thames Boat Hire: 2008- )

 In 2008 Kingwood was sold to Colin Bullock who runs her on charters as River Thames Boat Hire, plus continuing her services on the Hampton trips from Westminster as part of Thames River Boats (Westminster Passenger Services Association).


Kingwood of River Thames Boat Hire at Westminster
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 10th May 2008




Kingwood on a charter at Greenwich and Canary Wharf (seen from a Thames Clipper)
Photo: Ian Boyle, 15th May 2009
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Kingwood of River Thames Boat Hire leaving Westminster for Kew
Photo: Ian Boyle, 28th June 2012
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Kingwood of River Thames Boat Hire at Mortlake, returning to Westminster from Kew
Photo: Ian Boyle, 28th June 2012
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