Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Thursday, April 19, 2012

'Gloriana' Launched

Yesterday, the 88-foot Gloriana, the custom-built 18-oar-powered vessel, which will lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant for Queen Elizabeth II on 3 June, was launched onto the River Thames at Isleworth, the Daily Telegraph shows in a video here. Lord Sterling, who has organised the project, told the paper: “I think it has come out even better than we had thought. You’ve got this combination of 21st century-technology plus the skills which have been there for thousands of years in building a boat of this type.”


  1. Such a beautiful boat and all British I hope. Where was it made? I cannot find that information anywhere.
    It is an opportunity to show off the wonderful craftsmanship and, hopefully, get some orders for Britain.

    1. According to some British newspapers, this magnificent barge was built at a site in Brentford. The work was led by master boat builder Mark Edwards.