Name announced for new pilot boat at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth

Peel Ports Group has announced the name of its new pilot boat after inviting local primary school pupils to put forward their suggestions throughout the summer.

The 13-metre-long boat that will play a key role in the commercial activity at the port, will be named Horatio.

Blake Saunders in year five at Southtown Primary School in Great Yarmouth submitted the name, which received thousands of votes from a shortlist of three to become the winning entry.

The name will be inscribed on the vessel’s stern during an official launch ceremony, which will take place later this year.

Nine year old Blake will also receive a VIP day for himself and a family member at the port, including an exclusive trip on the new vessel.

The shortlist of names also included Haven Duchess, and Guiding Light.

When asked about the reason behind the name, Blake said “I suggested the name “Horatio” because I love history and I really enjoyed learning about Lord Nelson when I was in Mrs Cousin’s class in Year one.”

Richard Goffin, Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “Horatio was the front runner as the favourite out of the final three shortlisted names from early on. It is the perfect name to represent the boat’s purpose of navigating visiting vessels safely in and out of the port on time.

“Our vessel names have always had a local and geographical significance and inviting school children to have their input has been a great way of retaining this tradition and ensuring the community is involved in the arrival of this significant new vessel.

“It is the first pilot boat to be ordered at the port in almost 40 years and it represents our continued investment and commitment to commercial activity at the port and we look forward to delivery of the vessel later this year.”

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