BRITANNIA - QUEEN LOBBIED FOR NEW ROYAL YACHT
Britannia sailed on her maiden voyage from Portsmouth to Grand Harbour, Malta, departing on 14 April and arriving on 22 April 1954. Britannia was decommissioned on 11 December 1997. Britannia was designed to be converted into a hospital ship in time of war, although this capability was never used. In the event of nuclear war, it was intended for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to take refuge aboard Britannia off the north-west coast of Scotland.
GUERNSEY PRESS - December 29 2018 - Queen lobbied for replacement Royal Yacht Britannia, archive files show - Buckingham Palace officials were worried about the representations to Whitehall being made public.
The Queen’s desires for a
Royal Yacht Britannia replacement were made known to government, official files show.
Professor Murphy, who studies British and Commonwealth history, said: “It’s saying ‘we don’t want to appear to be lobbying you but the
Queen hopes you can sort something out’.
HMY Britannia was built at the shipyard of John Brown & Co. Ltd in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. She was launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 16 April 1953, and commissioned on 11 January 1954. The ship was designed with three masts: a 133-foot (41 m) foremast, a 139-foot (42 m) mainmast, and a 118-foot (36 m) mizzenmast. The top aerial on the foremast and the top 20 feet (6.1 m) of the mainmast were hinged to allow the ship to pass under bridges.
A reminder of bygone age with steam turbines burning heavy fuel oil like there was no tomorrow. Britannia steamed over a million nautical miles, belching out black soot as she plied the ocean waves. Of course, nobody knew about global warming and climate change in those days. In a modern Britain (Feb 2019) Chris Grayling has published Maritime 2050, a road map for cleaner ships and more efficient docks to help us build a sustainable society and a circular economy.
THE OFFICE - Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. She was the 83rd such vessel since King Charles II acceded to the throne in 1660, and is the second royal yacht to bear the name, the first being the racing cutter built for the Prince of Wales in 1893. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a popular visitor attraction with over 300,000 visits each year
REST TIME - This was the Queen's bedroom. Prince Philip has his own room, not unusual with older couples, some of whom snore and wake up at odd hours.
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