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Boat fit for the Queen
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Pembrokeshire College boatbuilding students are playing their part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations after helping to build the impressive 94ft royal barge ‘Gloriana’.
Commissioned especially for the Jubilee, the Gloriana, powered by 18 oarsmen, will lead a pageant of more than 1,000 boats and 20,000 people up the River Thames from Wandsworth to Tower Bridge.
Previous MITEC students, David Vivian, Paul Reisburg, and Hugh Woodroffe got involved in the build after David, who was working at a boatyard in Richmond, was asked if he knew any boatbuilders who would be interested in working on the project.
David, who attended MITEC from 2008 to 2010 commented: “The boatbuilding course at MITEC is without doubt the best thing I have ever done. The course was a life transforming experience which has enabled me to get involved in projects such as building the Gloriana for the Queen’s Jubilee. If I hadn’t done the course I would never been presented with some of the amazing opportunities that have come my way since completing the course.”
As well as helping to build the Gloriana, Pembrokeshire College MITEC students will also be crewing the Pembrokeshire Gig – the first boat to be built by students at MITEC when it opened in 2000. Stefan Doughty, aged 18, Alice Pluckrose, aged 22, and Robert Krelle, aged 23, will form part of the 12 man crew of the Pembrokeshire Gig as it joins historic vessels, steam boats, canoes and tugs in the royal pageant on its journey up the Thames.
Lord Sterling is the man behind the project to create the Gloriana. Covered in gold leaf, the barge is to be presented to the Queen as a gift after the pageant and resembles the boat used by the Lord Mayor of London in the 1800s. The barge combines 21st century technology with traditional boat building and features wood from sweet chestnut trees grown on Prince Charles’ private estate.