Ship shape for a Diamond Jubilee year

Posted in Behind The Scenes, General, History, Maintaining Britannia, on Tuesday January 31, 2012 | 1 Comments | Return To Blog Posts
Ship shape for a Diamond Jubilee year

Historic dry docking

It was an exciting start to 2012 with Britannia in dry dock. Moving this famous ship for the first time in 14 years was an exceptional undertaking for the Britannia Trust, following years of careful planning in preparation for her hull to be inspected and repainted. It was a truly stunning sight to see Britannia out of the water and she looked magnificent on her return home, gleaming from the 2,500 litres of paint used on her hull.    


Dry dock facts

  • The work was entirely self-funded by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, with revenue raised through events, admissions and gift shop.
  • Britannia was last in dry dock in May 1998 when she arrived in Leith, before opening to the public for the very first time.
  • Dry docking only takes place every 20-25 years and ensures this unique vessel will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
  • Britannia's engines were decommissioned in 1997, so she was moved by tug boats which safely guided her into the dock and back home.


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