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Will There Be A New Royal Yacht?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9107 posts, RR: 15
Posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Will there be a new Royal yacht for the British royal family? If yes when and how big is it?

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User currently offlineGrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

There are no plans that I know of, and I doubt there will be one again. The days of touring the empire in a ship are long gone.
BTW, a tour of Brittania in Edinburgh is well worth the money


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9107 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

They did bring up the subject before. Maybe if conservative takes over again?

User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8204 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3260 times:

William should make his subjects get off their asses and build him a ship. A really good one. JMO

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9107 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Why did they retire the Britannia?

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10734 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

I have an idea. The QE2 is in Dubai doing nothing. Ship is still in very good sailable condition.

Instead of building a new royal yacht, the Crown could buy off the QE2 from Sheikh Mo and turn her into a royal yacht of sorts.

They can have her completely refurbished and when she is not sailing the royals, then she can be a museum in Southampton or elsewhere in the UK and made accessible to us all for visits.

QE2 ruled the waves!

QE2 would make the most outstanding and best possible royal yacht. Why even thinking of having another one?



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User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 544 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3231 times:



Quoting United Airline (Reply 2):
Maybe if conservative takes over again?

If this was 10 years ago, then yes. But with the current economic climate, the taxpayer won't be too happy at the prospect (as we've seen before with the VIP aircraft issue).

BAguy


User currently offlineFerengi80 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3179 times:
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There will never be another Royal Yacht, unless the Royal Family buy one themselves. There is no need for a Royal Yacht now, the Royal family fly everywhere they need to go. Afterall, the idea of the Royal Yacht was to provide transport before the age of aviation.

Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
Why did they retire the Britannia?

It was deemed too expensive to keep Britannia in service, especially seeing as air travel has become the norm. When cancelling the replacement of the vessel, the new Labour government argued that the expenditure could not be justified given the other pressures on the defence budget (from which it would be funded and maintained). (Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMY_Britannia)



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13045 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

This was decided in 1997, when Britannia came up for an expensive re-fit.
It was retired without replacement.
Considering any replacement would come from the hard pressed defence budget, well that sort of answers itself.

When Britannia was built in the mid 1950's, part of the justification was that in a war it could be converted into a hospital ship.
When this requirement finally arrived, in 1982 for the Falklands war, it was too old, too small, had no helicopter facilities nor could any be fitted.
So the liner Uganda did the job.
The Royal Yacht's old plant was also incompatible with the fuel used in modern warships by then too.

In it's latter years, the Yacht was increasingly used for trade delegations and the like, to justify it's expensive upkeep.
That did not justify an expensive re-fit nor a replacement however.
It's now a museum ship in Scotland.


User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3088 times:
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May I introduce the K/S NORGE

http://i48.tinypic.com/dy2af5.jpg
Built in 1937 as the "PHILANTE" by Sir Thomas Sophwith. (of aviation fame)

Used by the Royal Navy as a convoy-escort during WW2.
Purchased in 1946 with funds collected by the Norwegian people. After a rebuild in 1948 she was given as a gift to (then) King Haakon 7th.
Today she is still owned by the Royal family and used for their travels in European waters.
She is staffed by conscripts and officers of the Norwegian Navy.

If Queen Elizabeth II should desire a sea-voyage, I'm sure she would be accomodated by her distant nephew,
King Harald V, the current owner...

Here the ship is seen maneuvering to her summer-berth, just outside my office.


Scooter01

[Edited 2009-12-16 15:26:24]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10734 posts, RR: 38
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

Some Dubai officials are in the UK for discussions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE5BF2DK20091216?type=marketsNews

Maybe they will bring up a sale of the QE2 by Nakheel/Dubai World and the ship's return to the UK? (a pious wish)

 Yeah sure  Confused



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