Originally Posted by Hightower
Nice Video! Just goes to show you how much you use steerage at slow speeds, that wheel was on the go throughout the video.
BTW I know there are many safety boats at the pageant, but were any used for assistance?
Spot on about the wheel. It was very intense being in the middle of all those rowing boats. We had virtually no steerage due to the low speed, I was on the wheel constantly for about 8 hours, we were on the water for over 12 hours in all. We escorted one boat into Milwall dock, they were a middle aged crew & done in, cold, wet & exhausted. We had to tow another boat about a mile to London Yard, as they were in the same condition. I think many of the crews over-reached themselves, they thought they were having a jolly down the river with a picnic in the sun & champers en-route. Many were un-prepared for the weather, head wind & length of time they were out. Considering the hoops that we, the safety boats had to jump through (& the extremely rigorous scrutineering on the day
), I'm surprised that half of the manpowered fleet were allowed to sail, but at least nobody died
In the end, a good time had by all