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Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:49 pm

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The original Royal Barge NARAI SONG SUBAN was one of the principal Royal Barges and built during the Ayutthaya period by King Maha Chakrapat (1548-1568) who had turned a regular barge, used to transport troops and supplies into a fast armed barge by installing cannons at the prow.
Her bow was carved in the shape of the King of Garudas in full flight thereby signifying that the King was on board.

The present Royal Barge NARAI SONG SUBAN and depict on the stamp is a replica and built during the reign of the present King of Thailand Bhumipol Adulyadej and she was constructed to commemorate the Kings 50th Anniversary to the throne. She was built for the Royal Thai Navy and the Thai Department of Fine Arts.
Keel laid down in 1994.
06 May 1996 launched as the NARAI SONG SUBAN
She is considered a secondary royal barge.
The barge weight 20 tons with dimensions of 44.30 x 3.20 x 1,10m
Crew 50 rowers and two steersmen.
2011 In service.

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Postby Anatol » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 pm

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The Narai Songsuban Royal Barge of King Rama IX was built on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of King Rama IX’s accession to the throne in 1996. The Royal Thai Navy, in collaboration with the Fine Arts Department, created this royal barge especially for the monarch. However, because a royal barge built in the reign of King Rama III is already named the Narai Songsuban, the one built for King Rama IX contains “of King Rama IX” in its name. Narai Songsuban means Phra Narai or Vishnu mounting on Garuda. Suban here means Garuda or the Chief of Garuda or Birds. The vehicle of Vishnu is Garuda. Decorating the bow of this royal barge is the Engraved Vishnu on Garuda. His skin is dark. In his four hands are a discus, a conch, a scepter, and a trident. The Garuda carrying Vishnu holds two nagas up high. According to India’s Purana literature, Garuda and Naga are eternal enemies. But both serve Vishnu. As Garuda represents the power of the sky and Naga represents the power of water, the fact that Vishnu is above both Naga and Garuda means he has the power to protect the world. The bow and the body of the royal barge is engraved, lacquered, adorned with gold leaves, and decorated with glass pieces.
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