29 November 2008

Strange boat

On a fairly rare shopping trip in to Kingston town centre last week I spotted this strange boat moored on the Hampton Wick side next to Kingston Bridge.

The only time that I have ever seen a boat anything like this one before was in the excellent Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" which featured a futuristic stealth boat invisible to the navy's radar.

Incidentally, the Hamburg night club featured in that film was actually the main IBM UK office at Bedfont Lakes, near Heathrow.

I was based there at the time and the office I worked in was just by the place that Bond broke into the club. I first saw this part of the film in a trailer shown in the Planet Hollywood in Disneyland Paris (where I was for an IBM event).


  1. I have seen this, it's a houseboat that's been converted to look like a USN Stealth assault craft .....

    Seen the real thing recently at the US Navy base in Newport News Virginia on a work trip ..... Yep, undetectable to radar, but if you have the recent top end Google earth you can see it sitting pretty in dry dock !!!

    Paul M

  2. When I saw the picture I first thought it was your new toy, your latest gadget! Fancy mooring that one at Westminster Pier and popping in to see see your local MP. Wow! ;-)

  3. My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to have a look around. The accomodation is amazing, but sadly the finish is very poor. Still, with that said its still a fantastic space, even if it does cost 665,000 squid! No ta, ill build me own!


All comments are welcome. Comments are moderated only to keep out the spammers and all valid comments are published, even those that I disagree with!