Alaska proud to be part of jubilee celebrations

The Alaska carried the Queen at a Royal event in 2009
The Alaska carried the Queen at a Royal event in 2009
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A STEAMBOAT from Oakley has been selected to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Alaska will be part of one of the largest flotillas of vessels to gather on the Thames in modern times with rowing boats, working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes dressed with streamers and Union Jacks stretching for an estimated 12.5 miles.

The selection process included considering safety, fitness-for-purpose and range of vessel type as well as exploring whether the vessel was of historical significance or had an interesting story to tell.

The Alaska, operated by Thames Steamers Limited of Oakley, is the only steam passenger boat to be in the flotilla.

She was built in 1883 and was discovered in 1974 being used as a pontoon in Oxford before being refurbished.