The first new pilot boat to arrive at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth in more than 40 years, sailed into port this week, with a special guest on board.

Southtown Primary School pupil Blake Saunders, took a ride on the specially commissioned vessel, after winning a regional competition to name the boat. Blake’s chosen name, Horatio, was selected as the winner from a shortlist of three following a public vote last summer.

The 13-metre-long boat, represents an investment of £650,000 and will play a key role in the commercial activity at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.

The RHIB craft will navigate visiting vessels safely in and out of the Norfolk port on time and ferry the pilots to any vessels waiting to enter the port.

Horatio’s arrival was marked with an official naming ceremony on 22nd February and special guest Blake witnessed his name being inscribed on the stern, as well as receiving an exclusive tour and trip on the pilot boat. 

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.”

Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Richard Goffin, added: “Horatio’s arrival marks a significant milestone in our continued investment and commitment to commercial activity at the port. As the first pilot boat to be ordered in almost four decades, it is an important new vessel for us and we are proud to inscribe it with Blake’s chosen name, Horatio.

“Our vessel names have always had a local and geographical significance and we wanted to continue this tradition, with the launch of our school competition last summer. Horatio is the perfect name, as it encapsulates the boat’s navigational purpose and we look forward to seeing her in action over the coming months and years.”  

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