New Britannic

Annual Commemorative Cruise incorporating the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - 2012

The 2012 Commemorative Cruise will be held in London, in West India Dock to coincide with the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant to be held at high water on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012 and the event will see up to a thousand boats muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant celebrates Her Majesty's sixty years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life.
Little Ships will assemble in Barnes reach prior to the event.

1. June 2012 (All day) - 5. June 2012 (All day)

New Britannic

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
New Britannic
Boat Type: 
Passenger Boat
Boat Length: 
54ft
Boat Beam: 
15ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
3ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
22 tons
Boat Engine: 
Ford 4cyl + Ford 6cyl
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Frank Maynard, Chiswick
Boat Year: 
1930
Member of the Restoration Trust

New Britannic, a 56' passenger launch, originally built to carry up to 117 passengers operating trips from Ramsgate, was ideal for the job of rescuing men from the beaches. Coxswain W. Mathews of the Royal Navy took her over from her owner, Charlie Priddle of Ramsgate to go to Dunkirk. Built to carry a full load of passengers in safety, with easy access to her 54ft. open deck, a shallow 3ft. 6in. draft and a powerful 65hp Lister engine to pull her clear of the sands, she was the ideal boat for the job.

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