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Capital Pleasure Boats
 
 
This page is devoted to the Thames excursion boat operators Capital Pleasure Boats. This is one a of series of Simplon Postcards pages devoted to River Thames Excursion Boats.
Capital Pleasure Boats operates four boats from central London on charter work Golden Star for up to 120 passengers, Golden Jubilee for up to 240 passengers, and Golden Flame for up to 240 passengers. Sundance was sold to Danish owners for use as a house boat, leaving the Thames on 10th October 2008. Fourth boat Golden Sunrise was acquired in 2010.
 
As CPBS Marine Services, the company also provides a wide range of tugs and workboats for use in a variety of marine roles within the Port of London.
 
 
Company websites: Capital Pleasure Boats - CPBS Marine Services
 
Sections on this Page:-
  Capital Pleasure Boats
  CPBS Marine Services
 
Boats on this Page:-
  Brunel - built: 1969 (now sold)
  Golden Flame - built: 1980
  Golden Jubilee - built: 1985
  Golden Sunrise - acquired 2010
  Golden Star - built: 1982
  Sundance - built: 1971 (sold 2008)
 
  Guard Dog (CPBS Marine Services)
  Watchdog (CPBS Marine Services)
 
Thames Charter Boat Pages:-
  River Thames Excursion Boats - Thames Header Page - Full List of Companies
  Absolute Pleasure Boats - Thames charters
  Capital Pleasure Boats - Thames charters - this page
  Complete Pleasure Boats - Westminster-Kew-Hampton Court services
  Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises - Thames charters plus London Eye cruises
  Thames Cruises - Thames charters
  Thames Leisure Cruises - Thames charters
  Thames Luxury Charters - Thames charters
 
Associated Pages:-
  UK Excursion Ships
  Ferry Postcards
  Cruise Ship Postcards
  Ocean Liner Postcards
  Simplon Postcards - Recent Updates
  Simplon Postcards - Home Page
 
References:-
  Royal River Highway - Written by Frank L. Dix - published David & Charles 1984
  Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - various editions from 1977 to 2005 consulted
   Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
 
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Table of Vessel Histories
Name
Other names
 Built
 Golden Flame  Rosewood
 1980
 Golden Jubilee  Leisure Scene
 1985
 Golden Star  New Forrester, Baltic Star
 1982
 Sundance  Gay Enterprise, Solent Enterprise
 1971






Capital Pleasure Boats
 
 
 
The 2006 Capital Pleasure Boats fleet - Golden Jubilee, Golden Star, Brunel and Sundance (right-to-left)
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006
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Brunel
(Capital Pleasure Boats - built: 1969 - since sold)
 
21grt - 51ft long - 48 passengers
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006
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Brunel - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006
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Brunel - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Golden Jubilee
(Capital Pleasure Boats - built: 1985)
 
259grt - 100ft long - 250 passengers
 
Golden Jubilee was built as the Leisure Scene of Blue Funnel Cruises in 1985. Purchased by Capital Pleasure Boats in 2002.
 
Complete history of Golden Jubilee
Charter details available at: Capital Pleasure Boats
 
 
Golden Jubilee near Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th July 2003.
Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee moored at Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee moored at Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho, 25th January 2006.
 
 
Golden Jubilee moored at Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Golden Jubilee moored at Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee moored at Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee passing Canary Wharf
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th September 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee passing Canary Wharf
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th September 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee passing Canary Wharf
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th September 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Jubilee passing Canary Wharf
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 12th September 2007
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Golden Jubilee - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sundance
(Capital Pleasure Boats:2005-2008 - built: 1971)
 
Sundance was built for the Portsmouth Harbour Ferry Co in 1971 as the Gay Enterprise, which ran excursions in the summer, and covered in the winter whilst the other two ferries were overhauled. Gay Enterprise was later renamed Solent Enterprise. She was bought in 2005 by Capital Pleasure Boats, and was renamed Sundance. Sundance was sold in 2008.
 
Complete history of Sundance
 
 
Solent Enterprise on the River Thames, now with cut down funnel.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
Sundance - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
 
 
Sundance (ex-Solent Enterprise) on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006
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Sundance - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 14th June 2006
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Sundance - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance passing Gravesend when leaving the Thames for Denmark
Photo: © Ken Smith, 10th October 2007
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Sundance passing Gravesend when leaving the Thames for Denmark
Photo: © Ken Smith, 10th October 2007
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Golden Star
(Capital Pleasure Boats - built: 1982)
 
Golden Star joined the Capital Pleasure Boats fleet in January 2006, and is used for charters for 50 to 120 people. She was built as the New Forrester for the Southampton-Hythe ferry in 1982. She went from Hythe to the River Dart, and entered service there in 1999. She was owned by River Dart Cruises, based at Baltic Wharf, Totnes, renamed Baltic Star, and was fitted out for charters. In 2002, she was taken over by Dart Pleasure Craft, and repainted in their colours with a blue hull and based at Dartmouth, but still used for charters.
 
Complete history of Golden Sar
Charter details available at: Capital Pleasure Boats
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 16th May 2006
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 24th June 2006
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Golden Star passing Westminster Pier on an evening cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star passing Westminster Pier on an evening cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star passing Westminster Pier on an evening cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star passing Westminster Pier on an evening cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star passing Westminster Pier on an evening cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th September 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th September 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star approaching Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th September 2007
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Golden Star - Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Star leaving Bankside Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Golden Star passing St Pauls
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Golden Star passing Blackfriars Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Golden Star by St Pauls
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Golden Star at Rotherhithe
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Golden Flame
(Capital Pleasure Boats - built: 1980)
 
Golden Flame was built for George Wheeler Launches in 1980 as the Rosewood. She operated the daytime trips to Greenwich. In 2007 she was bought by Capital Pleasure Boats and completely refitted for charter use, returning to service as the Golden Flame.
 
Complete history of Golden Flame
Charter details available at: Capital Pleasure Boats
 
 
Golden Flame during refit, 27th April 2007.
Photo: © Scott Neicho
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Golden Flame attending the Thames Barge Race.
Photo: © Scott Neicho, 7th June 2007
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Golden Flame attending the Thames Barge Race.
Photo: © Scott Neicho, 7th June 2007
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Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Flame leaving St Katherine's Pier, Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th September 2007
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Flame leaving St Katherine's Pier, Tower Bridge
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Flame leaving St Katherine's Pier, Tower Bridge
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Flame leaving St Katherine's Pier, Tower Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th September 2007
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Golden Flame- Capital Pleasure Boats -  Photo: © Ian Boyle - www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Golden Flame on a Saturday wedding charter passing Charing Cross station
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Golden Flame on a Saturday wedding charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Golden Flame on a charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 15th July 2008
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Golden Flame by Tower Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 21st June 2009
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Golden Flame by Tower Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
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Golden Flame by Tower Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
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Golden Flame passing the Millennium Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 21st June 2009
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Golden Flame passing the Millennium Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 21st June 2009
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Golden Flame passing the Millennium Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
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Golden Flame passing the Millennium Bridge on a Sunday afternoon charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 21st June 2009
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Golden Sunrise

Golden Sunrise was acquired in 2010 from Thames Leisure, where she operated as Miyuki Maru.


Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 13th January 2007
MIKUKI MARU of Westminster Party Boats - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 13th April 2007



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
MIKUKI MARU of Westminster Party Boats - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007



Miyuki Maru on a charter in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
MIKUKI MARU of Westminster Party Boats - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007



Miyuki Maru in Thames Leisure service
Photo: Ian Boyle, 17th July 2008
MIKUKI MARU of Westminster Party Boats - Photo:  Ian Boyle, 12th January 2008






CPBS Marine Services
 
CPBS Marine Services provides a wide range of tugs and workboats for use in a variety of marine roles within the Port of London.
 
Charter details available at: CPBS Marine Services
 
 
Watchdog
(CPBS Marine Services)
 
Watchdog passing Westminster Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Watchdog passing Westminster Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 9th July 2007
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Watchdog passing Waterloo Bridge
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Watchdog and Guard Dog passing Waterloo Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Watchdog and Guard Dog passing Waterloo Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Guard Dog
(CPBS Marine Services)
 
Watchdog and Guard Dog passing Waterloo Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Watchdog and Guard Dog passing Waterloo Pier
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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