M.V Thomas Doggett, New for 2017
The latest addition to the Thames River Services fleet arrived in London from the Netherlands today. Costing over £2.5 Million M.V Thomas Doggett is a purpose built sightseeing vessel with open & covered decks capable of carrying up to 528 passengers.
The new vessel takes her name from the famous 17th century Irish actor Thomas Doggett, founder of the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race in 1715.
About M.V Thomas Doggett
About the Vessel
The flagship of the Thames River Services Fleet, M.V Thomas Doggett is a state-of-the-art sightseeing vessel capable of carrying up to 528 passengers across her two decks. The vessel was completed at Maasbracht in the Netherlands in 2016 & will be officially named later this year. Thomas Doggett operates daily sightseeing cruises between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier, Greenwich Pier & the Thames Flood Barrier & is also available for private sightseeing cruises & transfers between various piers.
The saloon can comfortably seat 286 passengers and features large panoramic windows, central heating & soft lighting. The fully licensed bar & toilet facilities are located at the back of the saloon. The bar serves a range of beers, wines, soft drinks & hot drinks. Drinks purchased at the bar can be taken anywhere on-board the vessel. The saloon is wheelchair accessible (via a small ramp) and an accessible toilet is located at the rear of the vessel. The upper deck can sit 242 passengers at bench seating and provides outstanding 360 degree views of the city.
Thomas Doggett is fitted with an automated audio guide allowing passengers to use their phone & headphones to listen to a commentary in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German & Mandarin. The audio guide is accessible through Wi-Fi & points out landmarks, places of interest & tells the history of the city from as far up-river as Westminster to the Thames Flood Barrier at Woolwich.
Who Was Thomas Doggett?
Thomas Doggett is named after the founder of the oldest annual sporting wager in the world. Thomas Doggett was an Irish actor who founded the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Race in 1715. The race was founded to commemorate the accession of George I of Hanover to the throne on the 1st August 1714.
On the 1st August each year up to six apprentice watermen row between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier in Chelsea. The winner’s prize is a traditional watermen’s red coat with a silver badge displaying the horse of the House of Hanover and the word “Liberty”. The race has continued for over 300 years and is managed by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.
M.V Thomas Doggett is the latest addition to the Thames River Services fleet. Purposely built for sightseeing Thomas Doggett was completed in Holland in 2016 and can carry up to 528 passengers.
Thames River Services (TRS) have been operating daily sightseeing tours since 1986, our current service operates between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich Pier. During the summer months we operate the only river tours to the Thames Flood barrier, departing Westminster Pier, St Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier five times a day.