Certificate no 2169
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Location Falmouth
Vessel type Rowing 10
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.nmm.ac.uk


Builder Sambo Parkins & Sons
Built in 1888
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Unknown
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
64.95 feet (19.81 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MONARCH was built primarily to take part in the annual Boat Procession at Eton College to celebrate the birthday of King George III on 4 June. She was crewed by the senior oarsmen from different houses of the school, dressed in special outfits and bearing flowers around their boaters. The ten oarsmen sat on thwarts, as opposed to sliding seats and the cox dressed in the uniform of a naval officer. For the celebrations, a procession of boats, including MONARCH, would row past the college. As the boats passed Windsor Castle, all ten oarsmen would stand up and lift their oars into the vertical position whilst trying to keep the boat upright. MONARCH was the fourth boat of her kind and is the only known boat surviving of those built by Sambo Parkins. She was used up until 1990 and then presented to the National Maritime Museum by Eton College. MONARCH is now on display in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, and can be seen suspended above the Waterfront Gallery.

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