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SKD Talks at the Classic Boat Festival

As part of the Classic Boat Festival 2019, we're pleased to announce, our SKD Talks series. The Talks will take place on the Event Pontoon and there's no need to pre-book a seat. Simply turn up and be inspired! 


The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, Fri 6th Sept, 11:30

The Company of Watermen and Lightermen was founded in 1514, when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII. Hear how the Company; very much a working guild, is actively involved with the life of the River and those who work on it.


Havengore: A Very Special Vessel, Sat 7th Sept, 11:30

Julia Linehan from MV Havengore will explore the fascinating roles this boat has had in her short but important life. From her build by the Tough Brothers of Teddington in 1956 and her role in the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; and her contribution to recent events such as HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and as a torchbearer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.



Portwey, the last Harland & Wolff Steam Tug, Sat 7th Sept, 14:30

Portwey is one of only two twin screw, coalfired steam tugs now active in the United Kingdom. Built by Harland and Wolff on the Clyde in 1927, hear about her fascinating history, her preservation and the work the members of the entirely voluntary Trust do to maintain her.


Gloriana The Queen’s Rowbarge Fri 6th Sept. 13:30 and Sun 8th Sept, 11:30

Gloriana The Queen’s Rowbarge is a lasting legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Gloriana is a showcase for traditional British boatbuilding and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people to engage with the River Thames. Learn more about the story of Gloriana at this exclusive talk.


Mick Gentry, Former Royal Yachtsman aboard Her Majesty’s Yacht “Britannia”, Sun 8th Sept, 14:00

Mick Gentry, a serving Warrant Officer in the Royal Navy will share with us what it was like to be a member of the crew of perhaps the most well-known of classic yachts; Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia. Hear how the Royal Yacht was organised and managed, delve into some of her history, and hear some ‘behind the scenes’ stories of life as a ‘Royal Yachtsman’.