The Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana, built for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, led the annual Tudor Pull, a marathon row from Hampton Court to the Tower of London on Sunday (April 21st).

It was the first of several appearances over the summer.

The barge had been relaunched after work was undertaken at a Gravesend shipyard over the winter. This included repainting and revarnishing.

Later in the season Gloriana will move upstream for Henley Royal Regatta where she was a star attraction last year.

Leaving Hampton. Pic:RTN
Pic :Thames Traditional Rowing Association

Organised by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association, the Tudor Pull is a 25 mile row by the Queen’s Watermen in support of Thames Watermen and Lightermen apprentices. They also commemorate the sinking of a royal barge under London Bridge in the 13th century.

The barge is accompanied by traditional oar powered Watermen’s Cutters belonging to the Livery Companies of the City of London, dressed in their full company regalia, the Royal Shallop The Jubilant, the Watermen’s Shallop Lady Mayoress and by other craft from rowing clubs who preserve the sport of fixed seat rowing on the River Thames.

More pictures on the Thames Traditonal Rowing Association Photostream

Story updated April 21st 2013

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