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World's last steam-powered narrowboat sets off to join the Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant

The 'President' heads to London for the Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant Photo: ITV Central

The world's last remaining steam-powered narrowboat, built in Staffordshire, is setting off to join the Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant.

"The President" will be leaving its mooring in Stoke-on-Trent today to make the 300 mile journey to London through the canal network.

The 71ft boat has been restored in time to join the one thousand boat flotilla to celebrate the Queen's 60 year reign and will be laden with coal, a mini JCB Digger, a tyre from Michelin and gifts from Wedgewood and St Modwen's.

David J Eveleigh from Black Country Living Museum said:

"Black Country Living Museum is delighted that 'President', one of our most important and best-loved boats, has secured a place representing the county of Staffordshire in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant."

Once in London, President will join a seven-mile long procession of Dunkirk little ships, historic vessels, steam boats and tugs. At its centre will be a royal barge, decorated in red and gold, carrying HM the Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

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