Tuesday 22 June 2010

Admiral of the Port's Challenge

T'was the Admiral of the Port's Challenge this evening, a race for Thames Waterman's Cutters. It started at the Houses of Parliament and ran 1.7 miles to the Westminster Boating Base in Grosvenor Road. Captain JP was there at the instigation of this blog, and kindly sent these pictures.
The Admiral of the Port is the Lord Mayor - bet you didn't know that. Neither did I until I looked the race up. The Cutters have to be in full ceremonial mode for the race, rigged for four oars, with a canopy for two passengers and a flag. They certainly add colour to the river scene.
Water Forget-me-not, Worshipful Company of Water Conservators
Many of the Thames Waterman's Cutters are owned or sponsored by City livery companies and other London institutions such as Trinity House and the Port of London Authority.
No results yet - more on that later.
Belle Founder, Worshipful Company of Founders

1 comment:

Chris Partridge said...

Lots more pics on Joe Lane's Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/album.php?aid=181723&id=565791105