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Her Majesty The Queen names THV Galatea

On 17 October Her Majesty The Queen officially named Trinity House’s new vessel, THV Galatea, during a ceremony on the River Thames, in the Pool of London. After THV Pharos, this is the second multi-function tender vessel of the same type from Gdansk based Remontowa for waterways and lighthouse service on British waters.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, The Master of Trinity House, presided over the ceremony which was conducted aboard the vessel alongside HMS Belfast.

His Royal Highness welcomed Her Majesty and the Bishop of London onboard THV Galatearemarking that this was a historic day for Trinity House in its 500-year history. He then invited the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres to bless the vessel.
Her Majesty officially named Galatea by announcing "I name this ship Galatea. May God bless her and all who sail in her" before releasing a bottle of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée champagne on the side of the vessel.

Three cheers of "Hip hip hooray" rang out from the applauding crowd before the Royal Party made its way to official reception on the working deck. Here the guests were personally presented to them, including the two crews, the build team and a number of specially invited guests from the maritime industry, as well as staff from Trinity House.

"This is a very exciting and historic day for Trinity House" - commented its Deputy Master, Jeremy de Halpert. "We are extremely honoured that Her Majesty named our ship and The Master of Trinity House presided over the ceremony. It has been a wonderful afternoon, and I am certain that our 250 guests will remember this day for a long time to come."
In February 2007, The Duke of Edinburgh became the longest serving Master of Trinity House in its 500-year history.
Sir Winston Churchill was an Elder Brother of Trinity House until his death in 1955. Pol Roger was his favourite champagne.
In Greek mythology Galatea was a sea nymph who attended Poseidon (the god of the sea). She loved Acis, the shepherd son of Pan. However, Acis was killed by the jealous Cyclops Polyphemus and, with her heart broken, Galatea turned into a stream of water.

The ship, built at Remontowa SA and its subsidiary, Northern Shipyard, has an overall length of 84.20 metres and breadth of 16.50 metres. The level of sophistication in her equipment is second to none and boasts dynamic positioning, a large aft working deck area, integrated bridge management system and forward helicopter flight deck. She is also able to carry out additional tasks such as hydrographic surveying and wreck finding and contract commercial work.

General particulars:


Gdanska Stocznia Remontowa SA, Gdansk, Poland

Date Vessel launched:

26 July 2006

Port of registry:


Length overall:

84.20 m

Length between perpendiculars:

75.00 m

Length loaded water line:

79.20 m

Breadth moulded:

16.50 m

Depth moulded to main deck:

7.20 m

Design draught moulded:

4.25 m

Scantling draught moulded:

4.50 m

Air draught:

30.00 m

Gross tonnage:

3569 tonnes


Diesel electric

Two azimuth propellers

Two bow thrusters

Trial speed:

13.50 knots

Service speed:

12.50 knots

Crane capacity:

30 tonnes


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