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Prince Frederick’s Royal Barge, 1732

February 19, 2012

Prince Frederick’s Barge was built in 1732 by John Hall and William Kent and was in use for royal occasions until 1849.  It is currently on loan by The Queen to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

The exhibition in the Maritime museum includes images of  the performance of  Handel’s Water Music, a work which was performed at a party on the river Thames attended by King George I on 17 July 1717 .   While this barge is not the one used for the 1717 river party, it is a superb example of an eighteenth-century English Royal barge.

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Photos by Barry Mitchell

February 2012.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. D. Wiles permalink
    June 4, 2012 5:53 am

    If the barge was built for Prince Frederick in 1731, how could it have been used 14 years earlier by George I?

    • June 6, 2012 2:49 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out. I must admit I completely overlooked the discrepancy! I have now rewritten the post with the correct information. I’ve also put the photos as a slideshow which I think is better. If you check it out let me know what you think.

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