The Hereford Bull on the Thames

The Wye Trow, which will represent the county in the pageant of a thousand boats to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, has been shipped to London and lowered into the River Thames.

The 36ft-long trow, which was named in a ceremony in Hereford’s High Town earlier this month, was craned into the river at the MSO Marine boatyard at Brentford.

It was delivered to London by local transportation company A.B.E. (Ledbury).

It was then taken by Bob Tabor, Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Commodore Peter Tribe and skipper Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks upriver to a temporary berth provided by Richmond Bridge Boathouses.

Herefordshire’s trow is now moored close to the Gloriana, the magnificent replica of a royal barge that will lead the Pageant and was built at Richmond.

This Saturday, June 2, she will be brought downriver to moor overnight at Kew Bridge.

On Sunday morning, June 3, the full crew will embark at the University of London Boat Club at Chiswick and will be scrutinised by the Pageant organisers to make sure it complies with all the regulations for taking part in the Pageant.

The four-ton Hereford Bull will then join 1,000 other water craft for what will be the biggest pageant of boats and ships the River Thames has seen for many centuries.

The 14 people on board on board for the pageant will be:
• Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks CB DSC (skipper)
• Bob Tabor DL (mate)
• The Countess of Darnley (Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire)
• A crew of eight rowers and two reliefs. They are:
o Antony Snell
o Dave Smith
o Graham Watling
o Ian Hale
o Jeremy Picton-Turbervill
o Mike Price
o Pam Ball
o Richard Bissell
o Russ Pryce
o Tim Ball
• A documentary film cameraman – Graham Essenhigh of Bubble Production Ltd.