AMARYLLIS is a 50ft Umpire Launch built in 1928 by Hobbs of Henley for Cambridge University Boat Club. She is in the style of the Sam Saunders launches like CONSUTA and MARATANA, but of carvel construction rather than copper stitched. She draws only a foot of water and has a tunnel stern with an aft slung rudder. She is still used by Cambridge University Boat Club as their primary launch during Boat Race Week at Putney, and is also used to follow racing at Henley Royal Regatta. During her 90 years of service she has carried Royalty at both events, as well as rescuing the entire Cambridge crew in the 1978 race. She remains in her original configuration with her original engine box housing her third engine. In the early 1990s AMARYLLIS was selected from the remaining 50ft Umpire boats of her style to be the plug for a mould commissioned by the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta to produce replica launches. To date six new launches have been produced from the mould. AMARYLLIS remains in A1 condition and is still used in her intended role.
Built as a 50ft umpire launch by Hobbs of Henley for Cambridge University Boat Club
Rescued entire Cambridge crew during Boat Race
Selected to be plug for mould commissioned to produce replica launches
AMARYLLIS continues to fulfil her intended role as teh umpire launch for the Cambridge University Boat Club
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