Ed Burnett

OBITUARY: Yacht designer Ed Burnett who designed the £1m royal jubilee barge, ‘Gloriana’ for the Queen has died, writes Katina Read.

Mr Burnett ran Burnett Yacht Design and Naval Architecture based in Totnes, specialising in new design – both yacht and power - and consultancy services.

He was chosen to create the historic barge and was also one of the rowers on board as it led the 1,000 strong flotilla along the Thames in 2012.

Gloriana was the first of her kind to be built in more than a century and cost £1m. She was built under immense time pressures, with construction beginning in November 2011 and the vessel launching in April 2012.

The design saw the exterior of Gloriana marked by 3ft gilden rampant lions, and the interior decked out with a grey/green rug with the Queen's cipher woven in old gold on a fretwork pattern.

Mr Burnett was single and had been a member of the Dart-Totnes Rowing Club for several years and maintained the club’s boats.

His work included the design of the 56ft cutter Pegasus, built by the Bristol Classic Boat Company for the Island Trust, and the 83ft yacht Shindela, which he said represented the result of considerable development, balancing the requirements of hands on sailing and performance with family life on board.

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