Since opening to the
public in 1998, a reported 1.6 million people have visited Britannia, 60-percent more than what was originally expected. In 2003, the yacht was voted the second-best tourist attraction in Britain, according to a Scottish news source. However, many have voiced concern that she is
falling into disrepair. As a result, all profits generated from ticket
sales and corporate events onboard are being pooled into a trust, which
will pay for long-term maintenance of the ship.
she is over 400 feet LOA, Britannia features just one double berth,
which was brought onboard by Prince Charles for his honeymoon with the
late Princess of Wales. Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip each have
their own separate staterooms with a single berth each; their staterooms
were equipped with an intercom system so the married couple could communicate
with one another. Also noteworthy is that it took more than three hours
to set the formal dining room, which has entertained such famous guests
as Bill and Hillary Clinton. Each placesetting was so meticulously
arranged that attendants used a ruler to make sure the distance between each eating
utensil and place setting was exactly the same.
Below are photos of
Britannia’s tender, liferafts, exterior, and bell.
a thumbnail to enlarge an image.
This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.