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Royal Yacht Britannia

Board on the crew

Looking out from the bridge

The bridge

The mast

The admirals living quarters

The Garage

The Royal sun deck

The ship bell

The bar in the sun room

The Queen's bedroom

The Honeymoon suite(the only double bed on the ship)

The pantry

The state dining room

Place setting

The state sitting room

The Royal barge

The ship crew quarters

The ships hospital

The laundry

The engine room

Looking along the hull

We left Seahouses in the dry but as we made our way to Edinburgh the weather became wet and misty.We arrived safely at the campground however when we checked the pitch there was a tree just where our lounge slideout would be. We went back to the office and were allocated a different and better site. We set up in the wet and then spent the rest of the day in the coach.

The next day it continued to rain so we decided to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia now moored at Ocean Side, Leith- Edinburgh's port.

The Britannia was launched at John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953. The yacht was commissioned for service in January 1954 and sailed the oceans for 43 years and 334 days. She travelled a total of 1,087,623 nautical miles, calling at over 600 ports in 135 countries (Royal Yacht Britannia website). She carried the Queen on 968 official voyages and was used by the Queen for summer cruises around the western Isles of Scotland and by four royal couples for honeymoon getaways. She was decommissioned in 1997.

It was fascinating to tour the yacht. The tour not only went through the royal apartments and state rooms but also the crew quarters. The yacht had a crew of 20 officers and 220 yacht men. There were also some quirks on how the yacht was operated –there was written orders on notice boards around the ship signals were used rather than words for commands and yacht men should not be seen or heard near the Royal apartments.

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