Thursday, September 17, 2015

Great River Race 2015: Two Special Boats

Two boats in the 2015 Great River Race caught my eye in particular.

One was Jubilent (above), a replica of the Naval Victualling Commissioners’ Barge in the shape of a Royal Shallop. It's part of the waterman tradition along with the Doggett’s Coat and Badge race, as described here.

Going further back in history, really much, much further, was the half sized reproduction of the Dover Bronze Age boat:
It felt rather appropriate to see it on the Thames, given that many bronze age artefacts have been found along the banks of the river, as I posted about last year.


bonnie said...

Now that's neat. I'm laughing over how we're both featuring races today. A little different though!

JP said...

Very different! Though I do have a tug photo in my to-post stack...