The ceremonial launch of Lady Harriet took place on December 16, 2020 at the Chowgule shipyard in Goa (India) where the priest blessed the ship and her crew. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ship’s godmother could not attend the ceremonial launch of ‘her’ ship in India. Lady Harriet is the fourth in a new series of six ships.
Puja or pooja is a worship ritual performed by Hindus to offer devotional homage and prayer to one or more deities, to host and honour a guest, or to spiritually celebrate an event. In India, ships have historically been launched with a Puja ceremony that dedicates the ship to a Hindu god or goddess, and seeks blessings for her and her sailors. In the 20th century, ships are launched with a lady breaking a coconut on the bow of the vessel, which is sometimes followed by a small Puja.