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Passenger Boats City Cruises City Cruises are a leading provider of riverboats in the UK. They have been actively involved with the planning of the Pageant through the core working group. Arcadian King Edward Vessels: City Alpha, City Delta, City Gamma, Eleanor Rose, Operated by Kingcruises, she was the last commercial Eltham, Mayflower Garden, Millennium Of London, Millennium passenger vessel built at Tough’s Boat Yard at Teddington. City, Millennium Dawn, Millennium of Peace, Millennium Time, Princess Rose, Witheycombe Capital Pleasure Boats Formed by four partners with the aim of providing exceptional boat parties on the Thames, CPBS is now in its tenth year and one of the leading boat hire companies on the River Thames. Cockney Sparrow Operated by Maynard Launches this family run boat has spent Vessels: Golden Flame, Golden Jubilee, Golden Star, Golden her whole working life on the Thames. Built at Eel Pie Island in Sunrise 1976, in true patriotic style she was painted red, white and blue for the launch of the Silver Jubilee, the colours she retains today. Over the years, three generations of the same family of Thames Watermen have worked on the Cockney Sparrow and at present she is regularly crewed by father and son as she carries passengers from Westminster up to Hampton Court and back. Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. Kingwood Launches Vessels: Chay Blythe, Hollywood. Clifton Castle Built in 1926 and now operated by Colliers Launches. The vessel has historic association with the World War II, acting as a hospital ship. She is a beautifully maintained vessel. Livett’s Launches Over the past nearly 30 years Livett's Launches has developed a strong reputation on the Thames. The Livett family have worked the tidal River Thames in London since 1710 and the Managing Director, Chris Livett, Watermen to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, is actively involved in encouraging the positive usage and development of our great river. Vessels: Erasmus, Thames Swift Crown River Cruises Started as a small, family run charter based company in 1986, they began with one vessel and slowly built the business to become a schedule service provider in 1992 from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Vessels: Salient, Sarah Kathleen. London Belle Built in 1948 and operated by London Party Boats, this vessel is the last rivet-built boat on the River Thames Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. London Duck Tours London RIB Voyages The duck tours vessels (DUKW) were the answer to a touch Operated by London RIB Voyages, which was created in 2006 tactical problem in the early days of World War II. How could to forge out a new niche on the river combining British made the allies unload cargo and men from their ships in places RIBS (rigid inflatable boat), a British innovation for tough British where the dock facilities had been destroyed, simply did not Waters. The vessels have been converted for passenger use exist or to coastlines that were heavily guarded? The answer and are comfortable and fast. They combine this with a guided was to unload cargo directly on to the beach with a half boat/ tour by aspiring London Stand Up comedians ensuring a topical half truck vessel that could run on land and water, the DUKW. engaging witty tour of London (it also give them regular Vessels: Cleopatra, Portia, Rosalind, Miranda incomes to pursue their stage dreams). Whilst their vessels may not look like 'old english cruisers' they could not a better example of British innovation and ingenuity. This new type of boat trip is drawing a new wave of customers and interest to the Thames and British built boats. Vessels: Island Adventurer, Island Explorer, Thames Challenge, Thames Flyer, Thames Voyager London Eye Barracuda Built in 1975 and originally part of Wood’s Silverfleet, the London Eye Barracuda is now owned by the EDF Energy London Eye. The cruiser’s art deco design exudes luxury and comfort; the lower dining deck highlights original woodwork features with curved windows framing the river beautifully. The boat features intimate booth seat dining and mirrored 1930s bar with decorative iron grille facade, leather sofas, chaise lounges and retractable roof. Mercedes Built in 1960 and operated by Westminster Party Boats. Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. The Pride of London Princess Pocahontas Purchased by Mr & Mrs Woollacott in December 2007. The Built in 1962 and operated by Lower Thames & Medway family come from five 5 generations of Watermen & Passengerboat Company. The owner is a Freeman of the River Lightermen on the river Thames. The Pride of London is a Thames and was apprenticed to the Company of Watermen & family run vessel; she is known as the “Pride” by the other boat Lightermen in 1959. He has worked the River Thames for 53 operators and is known to be the best party boat on the river! years and operated the only passenger vessel in the Lower She has recently had a lot of refurbishment done to her which Thames for 23 years. is an on-going project. She has the St George flag painted in on her roof which can be seen from above and bridges along the Thames. The family take a special pride in her as this was their late sons dream to own this boat. Queen Elizabeth Built in 1926 and operated by Colliers Launches. The Queen Elizabeth has been chartered on Pageant day by the Royal Overseas League of which HM The Queen is the patron. The Princess Freda passenger body will comprise members travelling from Built in 1926 and operated by Colliers Launches. The Princess different countries of the Commonwealth. Freda is a genuine Dunkirk Little Ship and she rescued many British and allied servicemen in 1940 and holds a pride of place in our fleet. The crew are all Thames Watermen and Freemen of the River Thames. Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. Suerita Royalty Built in 1968 and operated by London River Cruises, a family- run vessel charter business. Built in 1913 and operated by Absolute Party Cruises. The Royalty is a River Thames passenger vessel with a fully qualified crew with local knowledge. The vessel is also a registered historical ship. Thames Clippers Operated by Thames Clippers, London's fleet of high speed passenger catamarans serving commuters and tourists alike. Vessels: Aurora Clipper, Cyclone Clipper, Hurricane Clipper, Meteor Clipper, Monsoon Clipper, Moon Clipper, Sky Clipper, Star Clipper, Storm Clipper, Sun Clipper, Tornado Clipper, Rum Jungle Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Typhoon Clipper A 23m luxury charter motor yacht licensed to carry up to 40 passengers. It is very well known on the UK South Coast where it is a regular at Cowes Week and many major sailing events throughout Northern Europe. Each year Rum Jungle operates for a few months on the Thames. Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. The River Princess Built in 1985 and operated by Gasworks Dock Partnership. The River Princess is the new Docklands Community Boat managed by the waterways and regeneration charity Gasworks Dock Partnership. This community lead project runs its own fully licence and insured passenger craft that provides trips to schools for cross-circular field studies and boat handling training for those who show interest in working on our waterways or just want to give something back to their communities. Our charity concentrates its activities around the Thames Executive Charters Lower Lea River and the Royal Docks. We aim to encourage Vessels: Golden Salamander, The High Society, The Pink people to discover our rivers and explore the rich waterways Champagne, Walton Lady, Southern Comfort, Walton Monarch, heritage that helped shaped London. The River Princess is The John Harriott already being operated within the Royal Docks and we will be officially launching the service and its website in July 2011. There are already a great deal of people we feel deserve to join the pageant who have worked tirelessly to make this project happen and we would also like to offer further places to school children and their families as part of our wider aims of strengthening our communities sense of ownership of the Thames and its tributaries. Thames RIB Experience Launched by its London born and bred owners in July 2008, the impressive fleet of three black and yellow ribs that are British designed and built for Central London are the biggest, newest, fastest and loudest on the River. Vessels: Ultimate, Adrenaline, Experience. Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here. which enables her to slide through bridge arches even at high tide. The Woods family run a fleet of luxurious river 'yachts' based at Savoy Pier and have been Thames Watermen since 1866, Chairman Alan Woods, is an Extra Waterman to the Queen. The Silver Sturgeon is usually a privately chartered for events, over the years she has welcomed many famous names aboard from The Prince of Wales to Baroness Thatcher, Stella McCartney to Vogue Magazine. Turks Launches A family of Royal Watermen have run Turks Launches as a river boat company for over 300 years. On the day of the Pageant they will be represented by two of their vessels; Yarmouth Belle and New Southern Belle. The Yarmouth Belle is a traditional English side wheeler which was built in 1892 for services in Norfolk. She was brought to the Thames in 1946 after serving as a floating hospital during wartime in the Port of London. She was converted at the Turk’s Viscount boatyard from steam to diesel and is now one of the prettiest Built in 1908 and operated by Complete Pleasure Boats, boats operating on the upper Thames. Viscount is a Dunkirk Little Ship. The New Southern Belle is a Mississippi styled paddle steamer built by Turks in 1982. She was the first American styled paddle steamer seen on the Thames and has since become an iconic figure, bringing a flavour of Old New Orleans to the London waterways. Viscount Cruises A family run business operating on the Thames for over 25 years. The London Rose was built in 1977 in Germany and Avontuur IV was built in 1988 in Holland. The Silver Sturgeon Vessels: The London Rose, Avontuur IV. Built in 1997 in Lowestoft, designed by Alan Woods and operated by Woods' Silver Fleet. The 61m Silver Sturgeon is the largest passenger vessel ever to operate through the bridges of the River Thames due to her clever hydraulic wheelhouse Please note that only vessels that have agreed to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Data Protection Notice are listed here.