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CENTRE PAGES All that’s jazz! SPECIAL REPORT: SEE PAGE 7 UNSINKABLE! Last Greenwich boatyard is saved


THE last surviving boatyard in Greenwich has been saved – after a decade of uncertainty it is finally


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BY BLACKHEATH ‘JOYOUS’: Owner Paul


moving to a new berth. Thames Craft Dry Docking Services – the only one on the central section of the River Thames – feared it would shut as developers engulfed land either side of it at Badcocks Wharf, writes TONY CLARK. Industrial maritime sites nearby – like Pipers Wharf and Lovells Wharf – are being filled by riverside apartments. And in 2005 London and Regional – a £9billion global development company with


investments from London to Panama City – took over the site. Thames Craft’s director, Paul Deverell, 65, said: “I got notice to leave within six months but I appealed because of my services to the river.’’ Paul says he’s the only maritime yard serving the pool of London that is large enough to handle all the major companies using the river – Thames Water “bubble boats”, bigger pleasure craft, smaller passenger vessels – as well as tugs, barges and pontoons. Now after ten years of negotiations, Paul is delighted to be weighing anchor Turn to Page 6


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