Royal Yacht Britannia Museum

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The Royal Yacht Britannia Museum is at the Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh / Scotland, 2 miles north of the city centre with regular Tour Buses and City Buses. Postcode: EH6 6JJ

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The Image top right shows Britannia and a smaller yacht at the Ocean Terminal at Edinburgh where there is a large Shopping Mall with Restaurants overlooking the Yacht.

The Museum allows you to explore all over the Yacht, has a Tearoom, Gift Shop and even a Ship Hotel close by named Fingal.

Britannia History

Britannia was the 83rd yacht built for the British Royalty. The first of these vessels entered service in 1660 for King Charles II. Plans to build a replacement for the 82nd royal yacht Victoria and Albert III began during the reign of King George VI.

King George died in 1952; four months before the keel of the new yacht was laid down. His daughter Queen Elizabeth II succeeded him to the throne and took a great interest in the yacht.

The young Queen and her husband Prince Philip regularly consulted the builders about the yachts design. Britannia’s completion in January 1954 saw her become the largest yacht in the world at 5,862 tons and 412 feet long.

Britannia carried members of the Royal Family on 968 official visits to 600 ports in 135 countries around the world. During the 43 years and 334 days of her service, she covered 1,087,623 miles.

In June 1994, the British Government announced Britannia would be taken out of service. She was decommissioned in December 1997 and awarded to the city of Edinburgh / Scotland the following year. The Royal Yacht has since been moored at the Ocean Terminal at the Port of Leith / Edinburgh to be used as a Museum and to host Corporate Hospitality Events.

The previous ship to hold the title of largest yacht was the 408 feet Savarona owned by the Philadelphian Cadwalader family. The Cadwalader's made their fortune building the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. The Turkish Government bought Savarona from the Cadwalader's in 1938. This yacht was ravaged by fire in 1979. After being restored to her original splendor in 1989, Savarona has been available for charter. Savarona Images.

The largest yacht constructed for personal use in the 20th Century was the 482 feet Abdul Aziz. This yacht was built in 1984 at the cost of $109 million for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. Large Image.

The golfing legend Greg Norman’s 228 feet yacht Aussie Rules was launched in November 2002. This yacht, thought to have cost around $70 million, was probably the largest ever owned by a sportsman at that time, may even be up to present day. Large Image.

Yachts over 500 feet began entering service from the year 2007, with the largest up to 2016 being the 538 feet Eclipse built for the Russian businessman Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, owner of Chelsea Football Club. Eclipse Images.

Update: in 2022 the longest Yacht is the 590ft Azzam built for the President of the United Arab Emirates. Large Images.

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