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NAME

HMY. BRITANNIA

CLASS

YACHT

LAUNCHED

APRIL 16th 1953

BUILT

JOHN BROWN & CO / CLYDEBANK / SCOTLAND

WEIGHT

5,862 TONS

LENGTH

412 FEET

WIDTH

55 FEET

SPEED

21 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - TWO PROPELLERS


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.

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 port of Leith/Edinburgh to be used as a museum and to host corporate hospitality events.


Royal Yacht Britannia
Britannia at the port of Leith/Edinburgh with the yacht Harmony II in front.

The previous ships 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, 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 since been available for charter.has since been available for charter.

Savarona

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

Yacht Abdul Aziz

Below, 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 is probably the largest ever owned by a sportsman.

Yacht Aussie Rules

Yachts over 500 feet have began entering service since the year 2007 with the largest so far being the 538 feet Eclipse built for the Russian businessman Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich.

Largest Yacht List.

Yacht Eclipse
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