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Post Olympic Exodus

The River Thames was a ship-spotter's paradise early this week as more than 20 vessels including cruise ships, sailing ships and super yachts which came specially to London in the two weeks running up to the Games left over a two-day period. This was in addition to the normal 40+ commercial vessels that move in and out of the Port of London every day.

Here's a selection of images that tell the story of a very busy start to our week.

 
Cruise Ship Caledonian Sky leaving the West India Dock on Monday morning

Cruise Ship Caledonian Sky leaving the West India Dock on Monday morning

Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog and Dutch yacht Eendracht prepare to leave West India Dock

Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog and Dutch yacht Eendracht prepare to leave West India Dock

Dannebrog off the Isle of Dogs

Dannebrog off the Isle of Dogs

Eendracht locks out, cruise ship Deutschland in the background

Eendracht locks out, cruise ship Deutschland in the background

Superyacht Deniki leaves central London

Superyacht Deniki leaves central London

Dannebrog in Gravesend Reach boarding PLA Pilot, John Clandillon Baker, who will guide her out to sea

Dannebrog in Gravesend Reach boarding PLA Pilot, John Clandillon Baker, who will guide her out to sea

Deniki off Gravesend

Deniki off Gravesend

Sail Greenwich vessel Hendricka Bartels heading home on Monday

Sail Greenwich vessel Hendricka Bartels heading home on Monday

Under sail, Lady of Aranel, another Sail Greenwich vessel leaves

Under sail, Lady of Aranel, another Sail Greenwich vessel leaves

Yacht Bystander in off Gravesend

Yacht Bystander off Gravesend

Another sail Greenwich vessel, Iris, leaving under sail

Another sail Greenwich vessel, Iris, leaving under sail

Sail Greenwich vessel Morgenstar

Sail Greenwich vessel Morgenstar

Tall ship Belem transits the Thames Barrier bound for home

Tall ship Belem transits the Thames Barrier bound for home

Belem later, off Gravesend

Belem later, off Gravesend

Superyacht Mary Jean off Gravesend with sail Greenwich vessel Zephyr in the background

Superyacht Mary Jean off Gravesend with sail Greenwich vessel Zephyr in the background on Tuesday

Zephyr sailing home

Zephyr sailing home

Meanwhile it's business as usual in the UK's second biggest port as container ship Dublin Express leaves Tilbury

Meanwhile it's business as usual in the UK's second biggest port as container ship Dublin Express leaves Tilbury

Sail Greenwich vessel Oosterschelde heads down Gravesend Reach

Sail Greenwich vessel Oosterschelde heads down Gravesend Reach

Last of the Sail Greenwich vessels to leave, Gallant, under full sail

Last of the Sail Greenwich vessels to leave, Gallant, under full sail

Superyacht Octopus off Northfleet heading for Reykjavik

Superyacht Octopus off Northfleet heading for Reykjavik

PLA Pilot Jon Stafford boards tall ship Stad Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon ready to guide her out to sea

PLA Pilot Jon Stafford boards tall ship Stad Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon ready to guide her out to sea

Pilot Stafford safely aboard, Stad Amsterdam heads for home.

Pilot Stafford safely aboard, Stad Amsterdam heads for home.

With most Olympics vessels now gone, normal work continues - container ships being worked at London Container Terminal on Tuesday afternoon

With most Olympics vessels now gone, normal work continues - container ships being worked at London Container Terminal on Tuesday afternoon

One of the last to go, cruise ship Braemar off Gravesend at 0220 on Wednesday

One of the last to go, cruise ship Braemar off Gravesend at 0220 on Wednesday