Queen's Diamond Jubilee barge launched in county

The Hereford Bull is a Trow, a type of craft last built 150 years ago

A cargo barge which was built to take part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations is being launched on the River Wye.

What is a trow?

The trow being built
  • Trows were cargo barges specific to the area around the Wye and the Severn
  • They could be sailed or pulled by teams of men known as bow-hauliers, who moved the boats using yokes which ran across their chests
  • They were used to carry cargo up and down the Wye - mainly timber from The Forest of Dean
  • The replica trow has been fitted with oars and also has a concealed motor

The Wye Trow, which represented Herefordshire at the pageant, is based on the design of a barge that carried cargo along the river for centuries.

It is hoped the 39ft (11.8m) long boat, named the Hereford Bull, will become a permanent attraction in the city.

The trow travelled about a mile (1.6km) up the river.

The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire was among those invited to take part in the boat's inaugural trip in the city.

Andrew Wynn, from the Trow Team, which led the £100,000 project, said: "The boat has been used by Sea Cadets but it was brought to Hereford for the first time a month ago.

"It will be a visual attraction in the city centre. Visitors will be able to see it and it will be continue to be used by the Sea Cadets."

The trow is lowered on to the Wye It is hoped a jetty will be built for the trow close to the city centre

He said the trow had been stored in an industrial unit in the city but it was hoped a jetty for it would be built close to the city centre.

The boat was rowed by a squad of 10 men and one woman at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames in June 2012, as part of a 1,000-strong flotilla.

The Trow at the pageant The trow was rowed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant

In the 18th and 19th Centuries trows were used to carry cargo such as coal, cider and wool.

Timber for the 36ft long (10.9m) craft was sourced from estates across Herefordshire.

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