Torqeedo repowers Queen's row barge

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Queen Elizabeth II disembarking from HM Rowbarge Gloriana. (Photo: Eva Zielinska-Millar)
Queen Elizabeth II disembarking from HM Rowbarge Gloriana. (Photo: Eva Zielinska-Millar)

HM Rowbarge Gloriana fitted with Torqeedo Saildrive motors.

Queen Elizabeth II's rowbarge, Gloriana, which was commissioned and built as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, has been repowered with a pair of electric drives supplied by Torqeedo.

According to Torqeedo, the company was approached in 2016 to discuss repowering the 27m long rowbarge, resulting in the installation of twin Torqeedo Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors, along with two pairs of battery packs, which have been installed in time to meet Gloriana’s UK spring program of events.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen by The Gloriana Trust to equip HM Rowbarge Gloriana with Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 40 Saildrive motors which offer the vessel steady, powerful and reliable performance, as well as protecting the environment through the use of environmentally friendly technology,” said Christoph Ballin, CEO and co-founder of Torqeedo. “It is a great honour for me and our company to be associated with Gloriana and we very much look forward to a long-standing relationship.”

Gloriana was commissioned and built in 2011 as a long-term legacy of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations in 2012. Inspired by Thames ceremonial rowbarges from the 18th century, she was built using British timbers including oak, iroko and sweet chestnut. The barge has a salon, or coach, and features Regency-style decorations that are fully gilded in gold leaf, including 16 crests of Commonwealth countries. The barge is used for various ceremonial events on the Thames each year and when not being powered by the electric drives is rowed by 18 oarsmen.

“Christoph Ballin and Torqeedo enjoy a very high reputation in the fast-growing electric propulsion industry both for quality and delivery of service,” said Lord Sterling, chairman of the Gloriana Trust. “As a high-profile Royal vessel in use on the Thames, Gloriana’s ‘green’ credentials are even more important in these times of the increasing need to improve the environment. My colleagues look forward to working together with Torqeedo in the coming years.”

The Royal barge on the Thames during the diamond jubilee celebrations. (Photo Tony Harrison)
The Royal barge on the Thames during the diamond jubilee celebrations. (Photo Tony Harrison)
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