Registration number 285
Status Registered

Previous names

  • Brit


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Excursion
Location Reading
Vessel type Excursion
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes


Builder Fellows & Co, Great Yarmouth
Built in 1928
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
15.00 feet (4.58m)
3.00 feet (0.92m)
Length: Overall
59.97 feet (18.29m)
Tonnage: Gross


Built in 1928 by Fellows & Co. of Great Yarmouth, PRINCESS MARINA is a river vessel with a capacity for 110 passengers. Based at Reading, she operates daily cruises during the summer and is available for charter trips all the year round. Her history is documented as follows: 1928/35 owned by E W & S H D Longfield, Great Yarmouth; 1935/48 owned by Albert Butler, Leeds; 1948/52 owned by Sea Cruises, Whitby; 1952/60 owned by Thames Launches; 1960/76 owned by A Crouch; 1976/89 owned by B Balcome; 1989 – sold to present owner Thames Rivercruise.  She now operates cruises along the Thames from Easter to October. 

In June 2022, PRINCESS MARINA was awarded the title of NHS-UK's Operational Flagship of the Year. 

Key dates

  • 2022

    Received the 2022 Operational Flagship of the Year Award from National Historic Ships UK


Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995

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