Swan Uppong
Swan Uppers row up the Thames in traditional skiffs

 

A pageant of six traditional rowing skiffs (a small light boat propelled by oars) - each flying a swan-emblazoned royal pennant - take the five day journey up the River Thames. The 19 crewmen represent the Queen's, Vintners, and Dyers, Companies.

The Queen's Skiff
The Queen's Skiff

Dyers Boat
Dyers Boat
The Company of Dyers (craft of dyeing)

Vintners Skiff
Vintners Skiff
The Company of Vintners (wine merchants)

Did you know? ...
At one time any unauthorised person found guilty of killing a swan could be sentenced to transportation for seven years and even up to 1895 could receive seven years hard labour.

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