TQ2777 : Diamond Jubilee Pageant - ML137 HMS Medusa

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Diamond Jubilee Pageant - ML137 HMS Medusa
Diamond Jubilee Pageant - ML137 HMS Medusa
Medusa was built in Poole, Dorset, and launched in October 1943. She took part in convoy escort, the D-Day landings, and minesweeping. After the war she was at various times a training vessel, survey ship, and harbour defence launch for The Thames. In 1968 she was sold by the Admiralty, bought by a group from Weymouth and restored. That group has become the Medusa Trust which owns and operates her.

Diamond Jubilee Pageant
The Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant was held on the 3rd June 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It saw over 1000 boats travel the River Thames, between Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge, including the Queen and Royal family on the Spirit of Chartwell barge.

The procession was led by a Belfry boat, followed by man-powered boats led by the royal rowed barge 'Gloriana' LinkExternal link then small Sea Cadet motorboats each carrying a flag of each country from the Commonwealth. The Royal Barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' LinkExternal link followed this, and then many different types of motor boats, starting with historic boats including Dunkirk little boats, services boats such as lifeboats and fireboats, and many pleasure and passenger craft. Between each group were 10 music boats carrying different live bands and choral groups.

A group of tall ships also gathered at Tower Bridge, but did not take part in the procession due to their height and the number of low bridges.

Despite poor weather over 1 million people lined the banks of the River Thames to watch the procession.
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