Certificate no 1847
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Henley-on-Thames
Vessel type Racing Yacht
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes
Web address www.rrm.co.uk


Builder Taylor, Mathew, Newcastle
Built in 1855
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Manpower
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
1.97 feet (0.60 m)
Length: Overall
39.34 feet (12.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



VICTORIA is a racing 'four' rowing boat, built in 1855 by Mathew Taylor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has a wooden hull of carvel construction and was built for the Royal Chester Rowing Club, who used her to win both the Steward's and Wyfold Challenge cups at Henley Royal Regatta in 1855. They then ordered an 'eight' of similar design from the same maker and won the Grand Challenge Cup and Ladies Plate at Henley in 1856. VICTORIA is the oldest surviving example of a keel-less boat and was the predecessor of wooden shell construction, used until the introduction of plastics in the 1970s

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Dodd, Christopher, Henley Royal Regatta, 1981

Key dates

  • 1855

    Built for Royal Chester Rowing Club by Mathew Taylor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

  • 1855

     Winner of both Steward's and Wyfold Challenge Cups at Henley Royal Regatta

  • 2000

    On display at the River and Rowing Museum

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