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Thames Steamers Limited are specialists in steam boat hire on the Thames and operate the stunning 1883 steam passenger vessel ‘Alaska’. Based near Marlow they provide top end corporate and private charter  services at locations including Henley, Marlow, Windsor, Reading, Maidenhead and further afield.

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About Us

Thames Steamers Limited operates the steam launch 'Alaska', which was built in 1883 and is the oldest working passenger steamer on the Thames. The boat is part of the National Historic Fleet alongside such esteemed craft as HMS Victory and 'Cutty Sark'.

In July 2009 ‘Alaska’ was chosen to act as the ‘Royal Barge’, taking Queen Elizabeth II along the Thames to witness the ancient ceremony of ‘Swan Upping’, the first time a reigning monarch had attended the event since Henry VIII. On 25th June 2012 ‘Alaska’ took the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Hambleden Lock to the Henley Business School to attend a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party. Earlier in June ‘Alaska’ was one of the 1,000 participants in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.

'Alaska' is operated to the highest standards and is licensed as a Class V passenger vessel by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the Department of Transport. She is surveyed annually and Thames Steamers' operating and management procedures, training and maintenance systems are audited on a regular basis. All our staff are highly experienced and qualified to at least the minimum level required by law. Managing Director and Senior Skipper, Peter Green, is a former Merchant Navy Officer with over half a million miles logged, extensive ship management experience and has been Captain of 'Alaska' since 1995.

Our team is committed to ensuring your trip on 'Alaska' is safe, enjoyable and one which you will remember for all the right reasons.

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