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The eagle has flown the nest

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on May 4, 2013

The prospect of another warship departing from West India Docks at a marginally less painful time than last week tempted me back to North Greenwich. The French warship L’aigle (the eagle) has been in London for three days, since arriving around dawn on wednesday, and was scheduled to leave at 7am this morning.

French minesweeper  FS L'Aigle (M647) passes New Providence Wharf

French minesweeper FS L’Aigle (M647) passes New Providence Wharf

On the last occasion I visited the stretch of the Thames Path opposite West India Docks I was disappointed to see that a lengthy section of the path, from the O2 towards Enderby’s Wharf, was closed off. This morning I was rather surprised to discover that this had re-opened without any great fanfare. You can get a better impression of this stretch on the 853 blog post Greenwich’s Thames Path has fully reopened… for now?. I was delighted by the improved perspective it provided of the exit from the West India Docks and Blackwall Reach.

The departure of FS L’aigle (M647) from West India Docks was completed with the assistance of tug Christine. The minesweeper entered the lock around 7.10am and made it out into the Thames around 7.30am, timed perfectly for the sun which disappeared behind the clouds not long after. I followed the ship round on the Thames Path, finally giving up as she sailed under the cable car line.

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