BATTLE OF JUTLAND ANNIVERSARY -
THAMES CONNECTION

 

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Atta Boy .. Pic: Chris Ashton

 

One of the two remaining vessels that have survived from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 is a familar sight on the non-tidal river.

Atta Boy was originally a naval motor boat aboard HMS Royalist and used for ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore trips for senior officers.

Owned and lovingly preserved by Chris Ashton she is now moored at Harleyford near Marlow. The boat has taken part in several Thames Traditional Boat Rallies and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Tideway.

By coincidence Chris' great grandfather served in the battle which was fought between the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and Germany's High Seas Fleet,  the two most powerful naval forces of their time.

The only other surviving vessel is HMS Caroline,a light cruiser, now open to the public in Belfast after a £15 million restoration project.

Work has been done on Atta Boy, originally MB436, by a number of boatyards on the Thames.

More on the history of Atta Boy HERE and HERE

Watch ITV's feature on the battle and Atta Boy HERE

See video of restored HMS Caroline HERE

Story dated May 31st 2016

 

   
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