Suffolk Freemasons enjoyed a day on the Sailing Barge ‘Victor’ as part of the ‘Festival of the Sea’ which was organised to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee and the Festival of Suffolk
The sailing barge Victor, which was built in Ipswich in 1895, departed from Ipswich Waterfront with 39 persons on board plus crew sailing up to Shotley Point. This was a unique parade of more than 70 craft which represented every year of the Monarch’s reign and featured boats of all kinds with a variety of vessels from the Royal Navy, Trinity House in Harwich, Harwich Haven Authority, Essex Marine Police and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The Flotilla, following a predefined route, passed Harwich Pier where we took a salute from dignitaries representing the Queen. Eventually passing Landguard Fort and then Felixstowe Dock eventually returning to Ipswich Waterfront. Our barge the ‘Victor’ won the prize for the best salute and a magnum of champagne was presented the captain of the Victor David Denny.