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What images does ‘relic’ conjure up for you?  I have chosen 3 images from a 2012 cruise of the River Thames, London.

Relic: Ship named Huantian of Shenzhen, China sailing down the River Thames in August 2012

Relic: Chinese Junk over for the Olympics in London 2012 © Michelle Sherlock

Photo taken August 2012 of ship named Huantian of Shenzhen, China sailing down the River Thames, London

Relic: Olympic Rings, Tower Bridge, London 2012

Relic: Olympic Rings, Tower Bridge, London 2012 © Michelle Sherlock

The Olympic Rings were added to Tower Bridge 30 days before the London 2012 Olympics, and weighed 3 tonnes and cost £300,000.  They were retractable for when ships passed underneath.

Chinese Junk sails under Tower Bridge, London

3 Relics: Chinese Junk sails under Tower Bridge, London © Michelle Sherlock

Photos taken on the 18 August 2012, just 3 days before the Olympic Rings were removed in preparation for the Paralympics.

To find out more about the Huantian you could also see this post by Thames Vessels.

© Michelle Sherlock 2014 – Images and words

 

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