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21-Jan-2014 06:44 PM
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Definitely one for the steamer thread!My guesses are, second from the right the 'Humble', these are a mixture of Goldings and Hills boats on the outside probably the 'Fleet Admiral' on the inside the 'Gerbera' also on the outside of the 'Empress, 'The Woodland Lily' however Hills fleet changed quite a bit after the war and it all depends on the date of the picture because the boats were similar and the names are unreadable however the' Empress of India' was converted to diesel in 1952 and I am certain it didn't retain its funnel so I think the picture was taken before this.
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The Empress of India was built by Bonds of Maidenhead for their own services in 1898. Subsequently she served with Arthur Jacobs in Windsor between 1922-1930, and was then sold to Pickin & Cleves for their use. Between 1952-1976 the Empress of India reverted to Jacobs’ ownership, and then served with Turk's Launches until around 1998. She is no more alas, having broken her back in Sunbury reach apparently, and had to be broken up as she was a hazard to river users.
I have included this picture here not because the view is of another place, but because the Empress is lying at Bonds moorings and slipway just downstream from Maidenhead Bridge. To me she does not look to be completed as she lacks seating, even though it is summer - the trees are in leaf - so she cannot be in use!
Given that Frith record this card as being published in 1899, and that Bonds built her in 1898, I think we have here a picture of the Empress of India nearing completion and not yet in service which, for me, is quite a find. I just wish we could do the same for The New Windsor Castle.
Our grateful thanks to the Frith Collection for their permission to include the above image. Their extensive collection features thousands of other similarly interesting pictures from all over the UK, including Windsor of course, and we recommend their photo print services to you. The picture above is also accompanied by a similar print, taken on the same day no doubt, which features the Bond slipway and boathouse in greater detail.
Information source: SimplonPC
The Environment Agency advises that "Op's recovered the Empress of India from Turks old frontage using a grab, the job was done for the current owner of the Turks frontage at Sunbury."
There is still a little more to learn about this elegant steamer’s fate and photos of her final hours would be of interest for the archive.
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Believed to be from 1904, Edward VII boards the Royal Barge at Eton
The image above has had me scratching my head a little as, although Royal Barges have been around for centuries, and earlier examples are well enough recorded on the web, this particular vessel is not well documented at all. In the postcard view above, published by local photographer Russell & Sons, the barge is seen at Eton College in 1904 with Edward VII boarding her. There is only a little additional documentary evidence the best being a remarkably early newsreel offered by Pathé News filmed at the time. The Pathé film is here.
There is another clip available here which shows, I think, the same vessel at Richmond a few years later.
There is another clip here, pictured in 1919 on the occasion of the celebration of the ending of the First World War when a Pageant of All the Sea Services was organised between Tower Bridge to Chelsea. HM King George V led the procession in the Royal Barge, manned by Watermen. There is more here.
Finally there is an image here said to be of the Royal Barge at Henley with George V aboard.
Comparison of the Eton postcard view and the arrival of the boat at Richmond suggests that four hoops, visible in the latter clip, supported a canopy rather than a permanent wooden structure.
My main query however is “Where is the vessel now?” and “Is it the Town Barge queried elsewhere?”
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Edward Elliott, known to most of Windsor back then as 'Ted'. One of six boys and two girls all born in Duke Street, Windsor, (so convenient for the Duke of Connaught pub). I have written, on numerous occasions, about Dad's love of Windsor and the river. He loved the area where the Salter's boats were moored. He never considered the opposition, Jacobs, on the other side of Windsor Bridge, to be anything to worry about. They weren't in Salter’s brothers’ league, (according to him).
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