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1513: A Ships' Opera at The Mayor’s Thames Festival

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The Pool of London echoed with the sounds of vintage vessels on Saturday night as the river provided the setting for an extraordinary performance as part of The Mayor's Thames Festival.

1513: A Ships' Opera at The Mayor’s Thames Festival

The piece was billed as an "operatic concerto of ships’ steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon".

Participating vessels included Trinity Lightship (LV95) pulled by the steam tugs VIC 56 and VIC 96. Also performing were the diesel tug Kent, the twin-masted 19th century Dutch sailing kilpper De Walvisch and HMS Belfast.

1513: A Ships' Opera by Richard Wilson and Thames-based artists Zatorski+Zatorski was commissioned by the Thames Festival Trust.

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