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Talking about the ship itself - not getting into a discussion about Monarchy!!

On the latest Netflix Series of the Crown, the Britannia features extensively as a plot mechanism to cover the rising cost of the monarchy, questions around support for them etc.  They completely skimmed over the fact that the Britannia was officially a Royal Navy hospital ship, and had assisted around the world when required...

They make out that Britannia was costing a fortune to run, was breaking down regularly, and needed replaced.  Was this true?  I don't think it was.  I am sure she was expensive to run, partly due to her 1950s powerplant, but I would love to know how much that could have been reduced if she'd been re-engined in the same way as QE2 was.  I think from a ship point of view, she was retired early, and it was a shame as she's still beautiful.

This re-engining could have been sold to the public as a cost-saving measure, and spun as such.

Interested to hear from anyone who understands more than me!
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Re: The Crown Netflix series and The Royal Yacht Britannia
« Reply #1 on: Dec 18, 2022, 12:59 AM »
I will ask a friend of mine here in Florida who served 4 years on her.
Give me a couple of weeks.
I think quite possibly though, what gubmint that was in power might have a lot to do with it!

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: The Crown Netflix series and The Royal Yacht Britannia
« Reply #2 on: Dec 18, 2022, 11:16 AM »
Not an answer to your question Rob, but interesting to read parliamentary questions on the running costs for 1990 to 1997, plus other questions.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199697/cmhansrd/vo970128/text/70128w21.htm
Link to  House of Commons Hansard Written Answers.
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Re: The Crown Netflix series and The Royal Yacht Britannia
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2022, 04:14 PM »
Not an answer to your question Rob, but interesting to read parliamentary questions on the running costs for 1990 to 1997, plus other questions.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199697/cmhansrd/vo970128/text/70128w21.htm
Link to  House of Commons Hansard Written Answers.

Fascinating stuff, thanks!
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