Sunday, September 11, 2016


London The Unfinished City
A Right Royal Barge.

Saturday September 10, 2016.

I was quite surprised when, walking around St Katharine Docks, I spotted the Queen's Rowbarge 'Gloriana', nestled amongst other vessels of varying size and stature. 

Because of the crowds, which were all trying to get a good view, it was hard to get a decent shot, but I was happy with this one.

Brief History

The Queen's Rowbarge 'Gloriana' was commissioned for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

She has a length of 90 feet, is manned by 18 oarsmen, has 2 inboard engines, can carry 34 passengers and cost roughly £1.5 million to construct. Her design closely resembles that of the boat used by the Lord Mayor of London, in the 1800s. Building began in November 2011 and she was finally placed in the water in April 2012. On completion she became the lead vessel in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which consisted of 670 boats.

'Gloriana' also carried the Olympic Flame, at the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

She is kept moored at St Katharine Docks, during the summer months, and is looked after by 'The Gloriana Trust'.

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