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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #75 on: Feb 19, 2018, 07:31 PM »
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #76 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:10 PM »
In happier days...

4th August 1983, at 19.50, as seen from Colwell Bay in West Wight.  The escort was HMS Amethyst.
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #77 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:24 PM »
In happier days...

4th August 1983, at 19.50, as seen from Colwell Bay in West Wight.  The escort was HMS Amethyst.

Lovely photos, just to note though that the escorting warship is a Batch 3 Type 42 destroyer (of which were all named after UK cities) so is either HMS Manchester, HMS Gloucester, HMS York, or HMS Edinburgh. HMS Edinburgh being visually different from her Batch 3 sisters because of her bow bulwark. All Royal Navy Type 42's have now been decommissioned and scrapped. The two Argentine Type 42's are still around (one just about having partially sunk). My favourite class of warship on a personal note.
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #78 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:26 PM »
That's interesting, because I got the name from a newspaper report the next day...  Press getting it wrong as per usual, then?

In which case... a very long shot, but would anyone know or have any means of finding out what the escort was for HM's summer 1983 Western Isles cruise?
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #79 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:30 PM »
That's interesting, because I got the name from a newspaper report the next day...  Press getting it wrong as per usual, then?

In which case... a very long shot, but would anyone know or have any means of finding out what the escort was for HM's summer 1983 Western Isles cruise?

Doing a bit of research seems to confirm that the escorting warship is HMS Manchester as she commissioned in late 1982 some years before her Batch 3 sisters. I wonder if she was HMY Britannia's escort?

Not the first time for the press, lol. They seem to make a habit of it  ;) .
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« Reply #80 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:36 PM »
I guess it would make sense that they'd use the newest one in the fleet wouldn't it?
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #81 on: Feb 19, 2018, 09:57 PM »
I guess it would make sense that they'd use the newest one in the fleet wouldn't it?

Maybe, for working up purposes for example?
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #82 on: Feb 19, 2018, 10:02 PM »
I was thinking more in terms of being the shiniest, newest, in the fleet.  After all, it was spending a month in HM's eyesight...
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #83 on: Feb 19, 2018, 10:03 PM »
In happier days...

4th August 1983, at 19.50, as seen from Colwell Bay in West Wight.  The escort was HMS Amethyst.
Who was aboard at the time? Do you know?
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #84 on: Feb 19, 2018, 10:07 PM »
Who was aboard at the time? Do you know?

H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Royal Standard was flying plus the escort vessel was only ever provided when the Monarch was on board.

This was at the start of their annual summer cruise to the Western Isles - always started from Portsmouth.
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #85 on: Feb 19, 2018, 10:08 PM »
Thanks, Peter!
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #86 on: Feb 20, 2018, 08:13 AM »
Hi Rob,

I've never visited but that's on my bucket list this year.

Is the former Northern Lighthouse Board mv Fingal (now Windsor Castle) berthed nearby Britannia at the moment?
Planning has been granted to have her converted into a boutique hotel - they repainted her in dazzle paint for an exhibition but I guess (hope) she will be repainted as part of the refurb.

Shes got lovely lines (and sheer :) )

Cheers

Gav

« Last Edit: Feb 20, 2018, 08:17 AM by Clydebuilt1971 »

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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #87 on: Feb 20, 2018, 08:25 AM »
And to think Cunard seriously looked at taking on the Royal Yacht in 1997. She would have been used in the exclusive charter market. I remember sitting in a meeting with Cunard management in Pall Mall in 1994 when the Government announced her forthcoming retirement, going through what books and deckplans we could get hold of Britannia to see what needed or could / should be done to adapt her to the market. A new division was going to be set up.

Britannia was also the first name for QM2 - I have a copy of the response from the Palace declining Cunard's request saying HM considered it too soon to use the name again!

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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #88 on: Feb 20, 2018, 10:42 AM »
Gavin,

See attached.

I was admiring her and wondering what ship she was.

And get yourself through their pronto to see maybe clydebank's most beautiful little ship, she's a cracker.
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Re: HMY Britannia (The Royal Yacht)
« Reply #89 on: Feb 20, 2018, 12:05 PM »
Looking at those two tall masts she reminds me of the old 'pirate radio' ships of the early 60s.

 

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