is a lesser escort barge, used as a
shield boat to accompany and protect the true
Royal Barge Procession.
outside hull, bow and stern
painted black, without any pattern, and the inside is red with yellow
There are currently 22 of these vessels in use and each
has its number painted in white on the bow, using Thai
bow and stern are adorned with a pair of creamy-white
tassels, one on each side, and a golden
streamer in the middle (fig.).
This kind of barge carries around 30 people, mostly
rowers, but also a helmsman, a master of the vessel,
four gunman and an officer. The oarsmen wear a black
jacket trimmed with red, striped black-and-red trousers,
and a black hat with a neck- and earflaps, also trimmed
with red and with a golden naval emblem and a golden
The paddles are also black.
See also PROCESSION LINE-UP.