Tower Bridge Lifts

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Monday 26 May 2003 9.00pm
Couple of cruise ships next month.


Tuesday, May 27: LD 1345 (2.45pm) LD 1545 (4.45pm)
Wednesday, May 28: BG 1100 (12.00noon) (Samuel Pepys salute)
Saturday, May 31: EN 1240 (1.40pm) TU 1300 (2.00pm) EN 1415 (2.15pm)
Sunday, June 1: BG 1100 (12.00noon) BG 1400 (3.00pm)
Monday, June 2: GS 1200 (1.00pm)SP 1245 (1.45pm)TU 1315 (2.15pm)
Wednesday, June 4: SP 1500 (4.00pm)
Sunday, June 8: BG 1100 (12.00noon)BG 1400 (3.00pm)
Tuesday, June 10: GS 1200 (1.00pm)
Saturday, June 14: TB 1130 (12.30pm approx.)GS 1200 (1.00pm) (partially obscured)
Sunday, June 15: BG 1200, 1500
Tuesday, June 17: SP 0245 (3.45am)TU 0315 (4.15am)SP 1700 (6.00pm)
Friday, June 20: HS 1700 (6.00pm)FW 2045 (9.45pm)
Saturday, June 21: HS 1415 (3.15pm)
Friday, June 27: BA 1900 (8.00pm)BA 1945 (8.45pm)
Saturday, June 28: BA 1345 (2.45pm)BA 1415 (3.15pm)
Sunday, June 29: BA 1700 (6.00pm)BA 1730 (6.30pm)

BA = motor vessel Balmoral
BG = HMS Belfast guns firing
DQ = replica paddle steamer Dixie Queen
EN = expedition ship Endeavour
FW = firework display (upriver)
GS = Gun salute, Tower of London
HS = cruise vessel Hebridean Spirit
HY = Thames sailing barge Hydrogen
LD = Thames sailing barge Lady Daphne
SP = cruise vessel Seabourn Pride
TB = Transport on Water Barge Race
TP = Tudor Pull
TU = tug(s)

Monday 26 May 2003 11.36pm
Excellent. How do you find out this info?
Tuesday 27 May 2003 8.28am
And can you please explain the variations from the much shorter list (last updated 19 May) at the official Tower Bridge site at


Sat 31 May 13.40 MS Endeavour Up
Sat 31 May 15.15 MS Endeavour Down

Fri 20 Jun 18.00 MV Hebridean Spirit Up

Sat 21 Jun 13.00 MV Hebridean Spirit Down

Fri 27 Jun 20.00 MV Balmoral Up
Fri 27 Jun 20.45 MV Balmoral Down

Sat 28 Jun 14.45 MV Balmoral Up
Sat 28 Jun 15.15 MV Balmoral Down

Sun 29 Jun 18.00 MV Balmoral Up
Sun 29 Jun 18.30 MV Balmoral Down

Edited to remove older dates included in error

Post edited (27 May 03 21:40)
Tuesday 27 May 2003 8.46pm
I signed up for the FREE email alerts on
The emails usually contain far more information than you
get from the official Tower website and even the notice
board on Potter's fields doesn't give all the lifts.
Tuesday 27 May 2003 9.39pm
Do they lift Tower Bridge for gun salutes from Tower Wharf?
From childhood memory, people used to stand on the bridge to watch them.


- Gun salutes occur on the following Royal anniversaries:
Accession Day (6 February)
The Queen's birthday (21 April)
Coronation Day (the anniversary of The Queen's Coronation, 2 June)
The birthday of The Duke of Edinburgh (10 June)
The Queen's official birthday (variable each year, but falling on 14 June in 2003)
State Opening of Parliament (usually November or December).

Gun salutes also occur when Parliament is prorogued by the Sovereign, on Royal births and when a visiting Head of State meets the Sovereign in London, Windsor or Edinburgh.

Post edited (27 May 03 21:41)

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