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Yacht Design Connection To The Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

In honor of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton today, we take a quick look at The Royal Yacht Britannia.

This beautifully designed superyacht was commissioned in the early 1950’s and stayed in royal use until it was decommissioned in 1997.  Her Majesty’s Yacht is now permanently moored in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Britannia was designed and built by one of the most highly regarded shipbuilders of the late 19th and early 20th century, John Brown and Company.  John Brown and Company built a wide variety of vessels in their shipyards at Clydebank, Glasgow, Scotland.  One such ship was the RMS Lusitania.  Her sinking by a German submarine embattled England during the nascent beginning of World War I and also contributed to the United States’ entry into the war.

The yacht was built to exacting military and royal specifications:

  • 412 feet
  • 5,682 gross tonnage
  • steam turbine
  • 12,000 shaft horsepower
  • 22.5 knots max. speed
  • 2 inch thick teak decks
  • and the list goes on…

This massive ship is still much larger than most yachts designed and built by today’s billionaires!

Interestingly, Prince William’s parents Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, took their honeymoon aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981.

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