Havengore was specially commissioned by the Port of London Authority in 1954 to act both as its flagship and principal survey vessel.
Constructed to the highest standards of British craftsmanship using English oak and teak, she was completely restored between 1997 and 2008. This distinguished vessel has now resumed her former role and continues to take part in ceremonial occasions and the hosting of visiting dignitaries.
Association with Sir Winston Churchill
Havengore’s proudest moment so far came in 1965 when, watched live by a worldwide audience of 350 million, she took centre stage as she carried Sir Winston Churchill on his final journey by water along the Thames.
“And so Havengore sails into history – not even the Golden Hind has borne so great a man”.
Richard Dimbleby, BBC Lead Commentator, 30th January 1965
Association with royalty
On 17th May 2012 it was announced that the Havengore had been selected to carry members of the royal family as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in a flotilla of over a thousand vessels during the River Thames pageant on 3rd June 2012.