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Thames Leisure Cruises


This page is one of a series devoted to postcards and photographs of the excursion ships and ferries on the River Thames in London. This page covers charter operators Thames Leisure Cruises. For details of charters see:- www.thamesleisure.co.uk

M.Britton acquired the Tideway in 1987 and ran hourly cruises from Westminster to the Tate gallery and London Bridge, jointly with D.G.Moore who used the New Marie Louise. Tideway had been built in 1973 for the Tideway Passenger Boat company. In 1985 Tideway was the sole remaining vessel of the once mighty Thames Launches, passing to Britton soon afterwards. He later joined the Westminster Passenger Services Association and ran winter trips to Tower Pier and Greenwich). Miyuki Maru joined the fleet for 1991 and the company was marketed as Thames Leisure, now running charters only. William B (ex-Sir Thomas More of Thames Television) joined the fleet in 1999 followed by Dutch Master (ex-Prinseplaart of Spido, Rotterdam) in 2000. The fleet remained the same until the sale of Miyuki Maru in 2010 to Capital Pleasure Boats where she was renamed Golden Sunrise.



Boats on this Page:-
Dutch Master - Acquired 2000
London Regalia - Moored restaurant ship
Miyuki Maru- Acquired 1991 - Sold 2010
Tideway - Acquired 1987
William B - Acquired 1999
 
Thames Passenger Boat Pages:-
www.thamesleisure.co.uk - company website
River Thames Header Page - Thames Header Page - Full List of Companies
River Thames - Harwich-Southend-Tilbury-Tower Pier Cruise
River Thames - Greenwich-Tower Pier
River Thames - Tower Pier-Westminster
River Thames - Runneymede Circular Cruise
River Thames - Windsor-Maidenhead Cruise
River Thames - Maidenhead-Marlow Cruise
River Thames - Marlow-Henley Cruise
River Thames - Henley-Reading Cruise
 
Associated Pages:-
Ferry Postcards
Cruise Ship Postcards
Ocean Liner Postcards
Simplon Postcards Home Page
 
References:-
Royal River Highway by Frank L.Dix (David & Charles, 1985)
Trip Out Guides - Various Editions 1985-2004 by Geoffrey Hamer (PO Box 485, Southall UB1 9BH)
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH






Thames Leisure Fleet List


Dutch Master
(Built: 1961 - Acquired: 2000)
  
Dutch Master was built in 1961 as Prinseplaart for Rotterdam-based Spido. She was 37.7metres long and carried 440 passengers. She left the fleet in 1999, and was bought by Thames Leisure of London for charter work, and was renamed Dutch Master.


Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master and Tideway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006




Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 15th July 2008
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2008 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 21st April 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th April 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master and the Thames Leisure fleet
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master and the Thames Leisure fleet
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
DUTCH MASTER - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle






Regalia

Regalia is a moored restaurant ship, moored behind William B in this photo.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006






Miyuki Maru
(Built: 1957 - Acquired: 1991 - Sold: 2010)

Miyuki Maru was sold to Capital Pleasure Boats in 2010 and renamed Golden Sunrise.


Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru at Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru and Dutch Master in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru and Dutch Master at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service at Old Swan Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006
MIYUKI MARU - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2006 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 13th Aprl 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 13th April 2007



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 13th Aprl 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 13th April 2007



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 13th Aprl 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 13th April 2007



Miyuki Maru at Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru at Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru at Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru at Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 12th January 2008
MIKUKI MARU - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th January 2008






Tideway
(Built: 1973 - Acquired: 1987)

Tideway was built in 1973 for the Tideway Passenger Boat company. They had a second vessel Tideway Venture delivered in 1975. In 1985 Tideway was the sole remaining vessel of the once mighty Thames Launches, passing to M.Britton in 1987. M.Britton  ran hourly cruises from Westminster to the Tate gallery and London Bridge, jointly with D.G.Moore, who used the New Marie Louise. He later joined the Westminster Passenger Services Association and ran winter trips to Tower Pier and Greenwich). The company was later marketed as Thames Leisure, now running charters only. Tideway remains in the 2011 fleet.



Tideway having work done at Greenwich
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



The Tideway of Thames Leisure Cruises on the slipway at Strood on the River Medway
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th March 2005
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2005 Ian Boyle



The Tideway of Thames Leisure Cruises on the slipway at Strood on the River Medway
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th March 2005
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2005 Ian Boyle



The Tideway of Thames Leisure Cruises on the slipway at Strood on the River Medway
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th March 2005
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2005 Ian Boyle



Dutch Master and Tideway
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



Tideway having work done at Greenwich
Photo: Ian Boyle, 21st April 2009
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Tideway having work done at Greenwich
Photo: Ian Boyle, 21st April 2009
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Tideway at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Tideway at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 2nd July 2009
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



Tideway at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 15th April 2008
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2008 Ian Boyle



Tideway at Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 15th April 2008
TIDEWAY - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2008 Ian Boyle






William B
(Built: 1982 - Acquired: 1999)


William B was built as the Sir Thomas More for Thames Guided Tours (jointly owned by Woods River Cruises) in 1982. The similar Sir Richard Grenville was delivered the following year. Sir Thomas More was sold to Thames Television who used her for private trips based in Teddington from 1988. She was bought by Thames Leisure in 1999 and renamed William B. She remains in the 2011 fleet.


William B  at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



William B  at the Thames Leisure pontoon
Photo: Ian Boyle, 26th May 2003
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2003 Ian Boyle



William B  at the Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2005 Ian Boyle



William B  at the Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2005 Ian Boyle



William B  at the Thames Leisure's Old Swan Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006



William B Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



William B Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle, 23rd May 2007
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



William B Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle,15th Juky 2008
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



William B Old Swan Pier
Photo: Ian Boyle,15th Juky 2008
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2007 Ian Boyle



William B slipped at Greenwich
Photo: Ian Boyle, 18th November 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2008 Ian Boyle



William B slipped at Greenwich
Photo: Ian Boyle, 18th November 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2008 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th April 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 24th April 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle



William B on a charter in 2009
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th June 2009
WILLIAM B - www.simplonpc.co.uk - Photo: 2009 Ian Boyle








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