Jubilant at Tudor Pull 2009

The history of the Jubilant Trust and the Royal Shallop "Jubilant"

The Jubilant Trust was initiated by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association (TTRA). TTRA was formed in 1995 to promote traditional fixed seat rowing and help publicise the annual Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager between Watermen Apprentices. It also aims to encourage use of the river Thames for sport and recreation.

The TTRA also undertook to arrange rowing events for Thames Watermen’s Cutters. The first of these accompanied the Doggetts rowers with Sir Steven Redgrave rowing in the PLA cutter “Penelope” with apprentices not yet ready to enter the wager. This was not a race but an escorting flotilla.

The next year 1996 Betty Boothroyd, the then Speaker of the House of Commons, started the first “Port of London Challenge” from the terrace of the House to London Bridge and in each subsequent year the course for this popular and hotly contested race has been from London Bridge to HQS Wellington and back. The start and finish line is now well established at the Fishmongers’ Hall balcony.

For the Queen’s Golden Jubilee the TTRA decided to honour the occasion by building a craft suitable for people with disabilities and others who are in some way disadvantaged to enjoy the sport and recreation on the Thames. This idea was prompted by the Queen’s Bargemaster who became one of the Trustees.

Thus the “Jubilant” was built with the encouragement of Her Majesty in the shape of a Royal Shallop, being a replica of the Naval Victualling Commissioners’ Barge owned by the National Maritime Museum and at that time on display at Somerset House, London.

The “Jubilant” is available during the summer months for use by groups of up to twelve people for rowing training under the supervision of expert coaches. For more details contact us on 01483 223308.

She was made possible by the generosity of many private and corporate donors, in particular Lloyd’s Register of Shipping was the major sponsor and Rotary International London District 1130 clubs galvanised a fund raising effort via their 84 London clubs.

Others to contribute included the Fishmongers’ Company, Leathersellers’ Company, Pewterers’ Company, Corporation of Trinity House, Kumala Wines Ltd, Knight’s Glass Ltd, Latham’s Wood Merchants, Robbins Timber Ltd., Woods River Services, Port of London Authority, National Physical Laboratory Ltd, Butchers’ Company, Drapers’ Company, Skipper Paints Ltd, Tallow Chandlers’ Company, the Trafagar Tavern and many more beside. Our grateful thanks to them all.