Annual inspection by Admiral of the Dee
31 October 2017The annual inspection of the River Dee has been carried out by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Razia Daniels, who is also Admiral of the Dee.
The title dates back to 1354, when admiralty powers were granted to the mayor by the Black Prince, and an annual inspection is undertaken so that any issues can be addressed.
When on the river, the Admiral of the Dee has a miniature silver oar which was presented in the 17th century and is called the Water Bailiff’s Oar.
There are only 21 Lord Mayors in England and the Chester title of Admiral of the Dee is unique.
The Lord Mayor said: “It was a great honour to evoke the title of Admiral of the Dee, which dates back to the middle of the 1300s. Chester at that time was second only to the River Thames as a busy port.
“The title of Admiral of the Dee was bestowed on the mayor because the Black Prince was Earl of Chester, and this was one way for the king to increase income paid as duty and taxes from river users.
“I am proud to bear the ancient title of Admiral of the Dee on behalf of the City of Chester.”
The Lord Mayor was accompanied by her consort Stephen Daniels. Also in attendance was Sophie Grinnell, representing the sea cadets, Bob Rudd, Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Rear Admiral Jeremy Larken, Commodore Ken Doughty, Chester Motor Boat Club, Phil Proctor, Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club, Handbridge Community Association, Colonel James Fuller and Commander Damian Exworthy from HMS Albion, Chester Cathedral, Ahoy Boats, Friends of the Meadows and members of the environmental team from Cheshire West and Chester Council who carried out the formal inspection of the river.
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Razia Daniels with all of her guests