Royal Rowbarge build for Diamond Jubilee
Thu, 09 February 2012
Traditional boatbuilder Mark Edwards of Richmond UK is building the Royal Rowbarge, which will take part in a number of high profile events this year, including leading the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on 3 June.
Commissioned through Lord Sterling, with the support of a small syndicate consisting of The Gosling Foundation, Eyal Ofer, Lloyd’s Register and the Weston Foundation, the Royal Rowbarge will highlight and pay tribute to the role of the River Thames in the history and pageantry of London through the ages, whilst providing a long term legacy of the Jubilee for years to come. The largest flotilla seen on the river in modern times will include thousands of boats, expected to stretch along the Thames for a distance of over 12 miles.
The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA) has proudly announced that Ted Spears, a highly experienced Fellow member of the YDSA has been selected as the specialist surveyor to Lloyd’s Register for the Royal Rowbarge, which has been specially commissioned for Her Majesty the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
As the Lloyd’s Register specialist surveyor, Ted is responsible for assessing, monitoring and reporting on the overall condition of the Royal Rowbarge, as well as ensuring the materials used for the build are compliant with official standards and specifications.
He said, “The vessel is being constructed using high quality timber and plywood utilising expoxy resins to produce a monocoque hull. The vessel is being built at a fast pace, with two shifts of 14 craftsmen each working a six day week.”
The Queen’s Rowbarge will form a tangible link between Britain’s status as a seafaring nation and maritime London. The majority of the vessel will be built and furnished using traditional British timber. When completed it will be close to 90 feet long and will be rowed by 18 oarsmen. It will fly Royal and City standards at the appropriate times, along with the traditional flags of the United Kingdom. It will also carry 16 crests representing the Realms of the Commonwealth.