Britannia's Weekly 'Snaps' 2018

Photography has always played an important role on Britannia. While she was in service, there was always a Yottie appointed, nicknamed 'Snaps', to take photographs of life on board the Royal Yacht.

In keeping with this tradition, we now have our own Photographer in Residence, Ruth Armstrong, who has been capturing our very own Weekly 'Snaps' - a collection of snapshots of life around the ship today.

Individuals may request removal of any photos from our website by emailing enquiries@tryb.co.uk.

September 2018

8 - 14 September: Chanterelle Mushrooms, Yottie Bears and Christmas Puddings!

Our visitors explored Britannia with their complimentary audio guides, available in 30 languages, whilst taking part in our Yottie Bear Treasure Hunt throughout the five decks. The Housekeeping team ensured Britannia was kept to the same high standards as when in Royal service. The team in the Royal Galley prepared Chanterelle mushrooms which were included in delicious dishes served at evening events. In the Gift Shop, we feature Britannia themed kids t-shirts, Britannia Bell pin badges and our Christmas puddings, made in the Royal Galley to a traditional Britannia recipe.

Jay lightly sanded the new steps to access the Tea Room roof, whilst Mark S. varnished the parquet flooring stage. Nigel washed down the Upper Deck port waist, as Mark L. manufactured brass plates to hang a picture. Tony washed down the Upper Deck starboard aft and Quarter Deck bulwark, whilst Jay fitted a door closer to the port forward cross passage door.

1 – 7 September: Holiday Snaps, Evening Events and Recipe Books!

The Britannia Bell is an ever popular spot for visitors to capture a moment of their time on board. Many visitors relaxed in the Royal Deck Tea Room and enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea, along with a freshly baked scone, accompanied by jam and cream. In the Royal Galley this week, the team baked daily the delicious scones for the Tea Room, and prepared king prawns and petits fours for an evening event. In the Gift Shop, we feature corgi Christmas decorations, scone recipe books and notecards from our Embroidery Collection, which are inspired by the silk panel above The Queen’s bed.

Ian carried out service checks and replaced the rudder angle indicator on Royal Nore, as Mark L. replaced the filters in the A AC Fan Space. Stuart fitted a sink connector in the Pastry Galley, whilst Gary worked on the parquet flooring for the stage. Paul A. continued painting the globe and base for the Binnacle, as Jay and Martin varnished the handrails and polished the brass end caps.

August 2018

25 - 31 August: Binnacle, Chocolate Treats and Flavoured Fudge!

As the Edinburgh International Festival draws to a close, we continue to welcome our summer visitors from across the world, with a favourite spot for photos being our Britannia Bell. In the Pastry Galley this week, Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, created luxurious dark chocolate bonbons, whilst Eryk, Kitchen Porter, prepared freshly squeezed lemon juice for the delicious lemon drizzle cake served in the Royal Deck Tea Room. Our Resident Confectioner, Poppy, created a special limited edition salted caramel fudge and the Gift Shop features glitz and glamour this week with their stunning Imperial State Crown jewellery set.

Paul A. continued painting and applying 24 carat gold leaf to the Binnacle, whilst Ian welded support brackets in place in the Junior Rates Dining Hall. Mark S. aligned doors for the new flag locker, as Ian modified a tray for drinks dispensing cups. Jay cleaned the threads on the handrail bolts, before removing dowels, prior to being added to the handrails.

18 - 24 August: Strawberry Summer Special, NAAFI and Freshly Baked Scones!

As the Edinburgh Festival season continues, we welcomed visitors from across the world to Britannia. They enjoyed exploring the ship’s five decks, whilst listening to their complimentary audio guide, available in 30 languages. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, visitors were relaxing and enjoying a treat of our Strawberry Summer Special, a glass of Britannia fizz, served with fresh strawberries and luxurious chocolate sauce. The team in the Royal Galley prepared fruit scones, to be served in the Tea Room, and prepped for an evening event. In the Gift Shop, we feature a new range by Nauticalia, including a chrome porthole desk clock.

Ewan cleaned the red carpets, whilst Paul A. continued the intricate job of applying gold leaf to Britannia’s ornamental Binnacle. Mark S. sanded the pigeon holes for the new flag locker and manufactured a new external wooden ladder. Stuart fitted the new mast stay bracket and secured it in place. Martin scraped back old varnish from a handrail, as Stuart fitted an over flow pipe to the chilled water system for the air handling unit.

11 - 17 August: Britannia Bell, Moët Cream Tea Special and Cashmere Scarves!

Our visitors explored Britannia’s five decks with their complimentary audio guides, available in 30 languages. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, visitors enjoyed our delicious Moët Cream Tea special for two, as they took in the stunning views across the Port of Leith. In the Royal Galley, the team prepared fillet of beef for an evening event and lemon drizzle cakes for the Royal Deck Tea Room. In the Gift Shop, we feature beautiful cashmere scarves, by Johnstons of Elgin, and colouring pencils, perfect for the kids going back to school.

Dean M. and Cameron painted the anchor cables on the Fo’c’s’le Deck, as Ewan unblocked a drain hole on the accommodation ladder stowage. Paul A. applied gold leaf to the Binnacle, whilst Dean S. fixed nuts and bolts to the new main mast stay, before fitting it to the funnel. Rab and Nigel carried out maintenance on the deck head located on the port Shelter Deck, as Cameron painted the bulwark on the starboard Waist Deck.

4 - 10 August: It’s Edinburgh Festival Season!

With the Edinburgh Festival now in full swing, it’s been a busy week on board. As visitors explore the five decks, our Visitor Assistants are always on hand to help out, have a chat and take photographs. The team in the Royal Galley were busy hand-making duck spring rolls and haggis canapés for a drinks reception and Victoria sandwich cakes for the Tea Room. In the Gift Shop, we feature the very popular range of Rosé Prosecco, Prosecco and Gin & Tonic scented products, by Bath House.  

Ian, Ewan, Tony and Mark L. prepared the trailer to be taken away for its annual service, as Dean M. and Cameron painted on the port Shelter Deck. Mark S. began manufacturing a new flag locker, whilst Mark L. replaced the washable vent filters in B AC Space. Ian serviced the pressure washer and Martin planed the insert on a handrail. Dean S. took down some old DC cables, as Mark S. removed the roof from the bin shed.

July 2018

28 July - 3 August: Bloodhound, Fresh Oysters and Triominos!

This week, visitors enjoyed taking a closer look at Prince Philip’s former Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound and, as always, our Visitor Assistants were on hand, offering to take photos for our visitors, with the Britannia Bell a favourite spot. Ali, Janitor, ensured the Royal Brow was pristine, ready for an evening event. The team in the Royal Galley prepared mini beets, fresh Cumbrae oysters and chocolate mousse for an exclusive evening event on board. As the sun shone on Leith, our visitors had fun playing a game of Triominos on the Verandah Deck, as they toured Britannia’s five decks. Why not play your own game of Triominos at home this summer holidays and pick up a set in our Gift Shop?

Nigel removed and applied new caulking to the Fo’c’s’le Deck, whilst Cameron and Dean M. painted and sanded the Perrybuoy. Ian carried out routine maintenance on the Activity Boat, as Gary and Mark S. manufactured a ladder. Ian checked the new fitting for the high pressure washer and Mark L. removed and replaced the bottle trap in a sink. Cameron washed down the port screen of the Royal Bridge, whilst Martin sanded the handrails on the port aft quarter of the Upper Deck.

21 - 27 July: Sunshine, Chocolate Cake and Dress Flags!

As the sun shone on Leith this week, visitors enjoyed exploring Britannia’s five decks and having their pictures taken next to our bronze statue of longest serving Royal Yachtsman, Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO RVM. Tamas, Janitor, made sure our planters on the quayside were kept watered during the hot weather. The team in the Royal Galley were preparing chocolate cakes, to be served in the Royal Deck Tea Room, and freshly baked rolls for an evening event. A new set of dress flags were put up for summer, flying high above Britannia and in the Gift Shop, we feature our delicious flavoured fudge, made in the onboard NAAFI, and a beautiful bell and lanyard by Nauticalia.

This week, Martin sanded and varnished the handrails on the Upper Deck port aft, whilst Stuart and Dean S. moved a redundant piece of cable conduit. Mark L. manufactured a door handle spindle, before making angle bar supports for vent filters. Mark S. manufactured a mirror frame, as Ian traced the fuel line on Royal Nore. After raising the new dress flags, Tony put up the Union Jack on the jack staff.

14 - 20 July: Royal Galley, Flavoured Fudge and Cuddly Corgis!

As the glorious weather continued, visitors enjoyed touring Britannia’s five decks and sampling our delicious flavoured fudge, made in the onboard NAAFI. In the Royal Galley, the team were hard at work preparing delicious petits fours, fondant potatoes, croutons and lemon drizzle cake. In the Gift Shop, we feature our ever popular Cuddly Corgis.

Dean S. and Stuart cleaned the filter from the waste management system, whilst Mark L. fitted a new grill and filter for an exhaust. Nigel and Ewan worked on maintaining the base of the starboard waist davits, as Jay varnished a handrail. Ian checked the fuse box on Royal Nore, before testing the navigation lights on the Activity Boat.

7 - 13 July: A visit from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal!

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, were given a private tour of the former Northern Lighthouse Board tender, Fingal, by Rear Admiral Neil Rankin, Chairman of The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, and Bob Downie, Chief Executive, to view its transformation into a static 23-bedroom luxury floating hotel, which will open in Autumn 2018.

Our visitors explored Britannia with their complimentary audio guides, available in 30 languages, as we enjoyed yet another week of beautiful sunshine. With such perfect weather, a game of Triominoes on the Verandah Deck was a must. Every day, our dedicated Housekeeping team clean the Royal Yacht from top to bottom. This week, Housekeeper, Susan, was snapped cleaning the Quayside entrances.

In the Royal Galley, the team were busy preparing the ingredients for the delicious canapés served at our exclusive evening events. The Royal Deck Tea Room mixed a Wimbledon Special Pimm’s cocktail, whilst the Britannia Gift Shop featured a new range of caps and hats to help keep cool in the heatwave.

The Maintenance team had another busy week on board as Mark S. and Gary replaced a gustafs panel in the Royal Deck Tea Room. Mark L. replaced a filter in the ‘A’ AC Space. Stuart put in a new particulate filter, whilst Dean S. replaced the temperature and pressure relief valve in the Royal Sailing Exhibition Toilets. With the wonderful weather we’ve had all week, Tony took the opportunity to polish Coweslip

June 2018

30 June - 6 July: Sunshine, Citrus Cheesecake and Britannia T-Shirts!

What a glorious week it has been on board, with visitors enjoying the sunny weather as they explore Britannia’s five decks, including the stunning Verandah Deck. Ricky, Janitor, watered our beautiful flowers, bringing a pop of colour to the quayside. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, Sarah, Food and Beverage Supervisor provided table service to visitors, whilst the team in the Royal Galley prepared fillet of beef, lemon tarts and citrus cheesecake to be served at an evening event. In the Gift Shop, we feature a range of t-shirts and caps, perfect for the sunny weather.

Tony and Nigel washed down Royal Nore, whilst Jay and Martin fitted a dowel in place on a handrail on the Admiral’s Deck. Nigel painted a vent on the Shelter Deck cross passage, as Cameron and Dean M. washed down the Royal Bridge.

23 - 29 June: Britannia Bell, Royal Galley and Kids Clothing!

Our Visitor Assistants are always delighted to take photographs of visitors on their tour of Britannia's five decks. This week, a popular spot was on the Verandah Deck, next to the iconic Britannia Bell. In the Royal Galley, the team were scooping out decorative cucumber for an evening event starter, while in the Pastry Galley, beautiful tuille leaf biscuits were being cut out by our chefs for a dessert. Our florists arranged beautiful fresh flower displays in the State apartments and in the Gift Shop, this week, we featured a great new range of kids’ clothing by Powell Craft.

This week, Tony fixed the awning on the Verandah Deck after heavy rainfall, as Martin and Jay removed and re-fitted scupper boards on the Shelter Deck. Cameron and Dean M. painted the forward screen on the port Upper Deck, before washing down the Shelter Deck with Nigel. Gary applied silicone seal to the column support pad for the Tea Room, whilst Stuart worked in the exhibition toilets.

16 - 22 June: Verandah Deck, Grapefruit Cheesecake and Travel Games!

A school group enjoyed playing a game of Triominoes in the sunshine on the Verandah Deck. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, Gayle and Kamila chatted to visitors, whilst the team in the Royal Galley had fun making grapefruit cheesecakes, home-made ice cream and squid ink tuilles. Celebrating Britannia’s 20th Anniversary since opening in Edinburgh, long service staff, past and present, had a wonderful afternoon at Prestonfield House to mark the occasion. In the Gift Shop, we feature a range of family travel games that will keep the kids entertained this summer holidays.

This week, Cameron and Nigel prepared the Admiral’s Fast Motor Launch (FML) before it was lifted back into the water. Jay and Martin worked on handrails from the Verandah Deck and removed the securing bolts from the scarf joint. Dean S. painted the bulwark on the starboard Upper Deck, whilst Nigel and Jos fitted vent grills. Mark S. fitted doors to the cupboards in the Junior Rates Dining Hall, as Solomon painted the blue perimeter fence.

9 - 15 June: Triominoes, Binnacle and Bouncy Britannia!

Visitors were taking advantage of the beautiful weather this week and enjoying playing Triominoes on the Verandah Deck. Our Visitor Assistants are always on hand, ready to take photographs of visitors, with the Britannia Bell a favourite spot. In the Royal Galley, the team made fresh scones and chocolate cake for the Royal Deck Tea Room. Our new inflatable bouncy Britannia was tested on the quayside, prior to being used to market Britannia at community fetes, fairs, and festivals throughout the Lothians, as well as family fun days on the quayside. We were delighted to welcome a group of delegates who had just arrived on the first ever direct flight into Edinburgh from Beijing. In the Gift Shop, we feature a barometer and clock by Nauticalia and a range of items inspired by the sea, made by Orchid.

This week, members of the Maintenance team tested the bouncy Britannia on the Quayside. Paul A. continued gold painting the Binnacle, whilst Ewan and Cameron painted the forward port Upper Deck deckhead. Stuart cleaned and re-fitted a macerator, as Mark S. measured and fitted doors to the Junior Rates Dining Hall units. Stuart removed and replaced the connection on one of the Quayside water hoses. 

2 - 8 June: Langoustines, Cheese Scones and Cufflinks!

Our Visitor Assistants are always happy to take photographs of visitors and are on hand to answer any questions, as they tour Britannia's five decks. Our Housekeeping team continued their excellent work on the Quayside and outside the Engine Room. The team in the Royal Galley prepared fresh langoustines for an evening event and delicious cheese scones were baked, ready to be served in the Royal Deck Tea Room. In the Gift Shop, we feature the perfect Father’s Day gifts, including nautical themed cufflinks and a Britannia golf ball set.

Dean M. painted the front screen of the Fo'c's'le Deck, as Martin and Jay worked on removing door standards from the port forward cross passage door. Ian re-sized and re-fitted a bolt to the shaft coupling for Royal Nore. Rab and Nigel painted the overheads on the port forward Upper deck waist, whilst Ewan checked the chargers on the British Sign Language tablets.

May 2018

26 May - 1 June: Sunshine, Beautiful Hanging Baskets and New Fudge Flavours!

As the sun shone on Leith this week, visitors enjoyed sunning themselves on the Verandah Deck and having their pictures taken next to our bronze statue of longest serving Royal Yachtsman, Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO RVM. Ricky, Janitor, watered the colourful hanging flower baskets on the Quayside, while the team in the Royal Galley prepared freshly baked rolls and crab claws for an exclusive evening event. Our newest employees took part in Britannia’s Company Awareness Day and in the NAAFI, staff were sampling our new limited edition fudge flavours. In the Gift Shop, we featured crown themed notepads and pencils.

Nigel, Ewan and Rab oiled the Fo’c’sle Deck after it had been deep cleaned. Ewan re-connected the chains back in place on the starboard Whaler. Nigel and Ewan painted the stanchions and spars on the Verandah Deck, whilst Mark L. manufactured a seating for the new No.3 fan space. Dean S., Stuart and Derek, Head of Maintenance, discussed a proposed modification to the underside of the Shelter Deck gangway. Gary repaired the stand of the model sailing yacht and manufactured new photo frames.

19 - 25 May: Yotties' Week In Pictures and Royal Wedding Celebrations!

Following last week’s Yotties Annual Working Party, we take a look back at the highlights during their time on board. With a blue sky back drop, Splice the Mainbrace flags were raised on the Flag Deck, in celebration of the Royal Wedding and the Yotties chatted to visitors as they toured Britannia’s five decks. The Yotties enjoyed their traditional Rum tot ceremony, which took place daily at 4:15pm.

As the nation celebrated the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, our beautiful hand-crafted cake was on display in the State Dining Room and visitors enjoyed complimentary crown shaped chocolates on the Verandah Deck. Fresh flowers adorned the ship, featuring Meghan’s favourite flowers, pink peonies, and in the Tea Room our Wedding Special menu was a huge hit. In the Gift Shop, our Retail team had some fun with visitors on the day itself, with tiaras and crowns, live coverage of the wedding and our popular Milly Green ‘Harry & Meghan’ collection.

This week, The Queen’s former Royal Yachtsmen, Yotties, were enjoying taking a trip down memory lane at their Annual Working Party week, and helping to keep Britannia in pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. Work was carried out on the Whaler’s boats, the Ex-HMS President Fast Motor Launch (FML) and the Admiral’s FML, whilst the bright work on the Shelter Deck was polished. Material for a fender cover was manufactured, as the Generator Room was cleaned and polished. Scupper boards on the Quarter Deck were cleaned and fitted back in place, whilst the Fo’c’sle Deck was washed down.

12 - 18 May: Yotties' Week and The Royal Wedding!

Britannia is the headquarters of the Association of Royal Yachtsmen (ARY) which was founded in 1989 by Albert 'Dixie' Deane, MBE, RVM and we were delighted to welcome back the Royal Yachtsmen, or Yotties, for their annual Working Party. In a week when the world’s attention is on the forthcoming marriage of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Yotties regaled our visitors with stories of life aboard the Yacht whilst in Royal service and of course the young princes who spent their summer holidays, each year, on board Britannia, touring the Western Isles of Scotland. Look out next week for our photos from another fantastic Yotties’ Week in the sun in Edinburgh.

We’re delighted to be celebrating the Royal Wedding this weekend, with our beautiful cake, made by Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen Espouy, on display in the State Dining Room, stunning fresh flower displays of pink peonies, Meghan Markle’s favourites adorn the ship and our Wedding Special lunch will be served in the Royal Deck Tea Room all weekend. We welcomed film crews on board this week in the lead up to the Royal Wedding, including live broadcasts by Carol Kirkwood from BBC Breakfast, Australia Today and Steven Godden from BBC Scotland News. In our Gift Shop, we feature the Royal Wedding collection by Milly Green.

Dean M., Cameron and Ewan cleaned rust marks on the Fo’c’sle Deck in preparation for Yotties’ Week, as Nigel painted the mooring chains. Mark S. manufactured a cupboard for the Junior Rates Dining Hall and Stuart worked in the Junior Rates Dining Hall Scullery. Nigel painted the spars between the stanchions on the Verandah Deck, whilst Jay and Martin fixed mesh to the stanchions on a spare section of the pontoon.

5 – 11 May: Britannia Bell, Carrot Cakes and Flavoured Fudge!

Our Visitor Assistants are always happy to take photographs of visitors as they tour Britannia's five decks and are on hand to answer any questions. Visitors enjoyed relaxing in the Royal Deck Tea Room, taking in the stunning views across the Port of Leith. The team in the Royal Galley prepared carrot cakes and chocolate bases, for a dessert served at an evening event. Our delicious lemon and elderflower flavoured fudge, celebrating the upcoming Royal wedding, was prepared in the onboard NAAFI. In the Gift Shop, we feature our beautiful Britannia themed scarves.

This week, Cameron, Dean M. and Nigel washed down the hull, whilst Ian welded a t-bracket for holding up the deadlights at the portholes. Stuart laid tiles in the new in-house Laundry, as Gary put some wood through the planer. Mark S. manufactured a new cupboard and Gary fitted carpet tiles in the Junior Rates Dining Hall.

April 2018

29 April - 4 May: Royal Sailing Exhibition, Hand-Crafted Wedding Cake and Bespoke Mugs!

Visitors enjoyed exploring the Royal Sailing Exhibition and taking pictures next to the Britannia Bell. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, visitors relaxed with speciality coffees and admired the views across the Port of Leith. In the Pastry Galley, Stephen, Executive Pastry Chef, began to work on the intricate details of his hand-crafted wedding cake, which will be on display in the State Dining Room during the Royal Wedding weekend. In the Gift Shop, we feature Royal Wedding themed decorations and beautiful bespoke Britannia tin mugs, illustrated by Jennie Maizels.

Martin and Tony washed down the Admiral’s screen, as Mark L. and Ian re-fitted a repaired handrail back to the pontoon gangway. Ian grinded old hold points in the Junior Rates Dining Hall, whilst Stuart and Dean S. painted in the Junior Rates Scullery.

21 - 27 April: Royal Tour, Bloodhound and Royal Wedding!

Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Britannia, visitors enjoyed looking through a lovely supplement from the Telegraph, dated from 1953, documenting HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip’s first Royal Tour. As the sun shone on Leith, visitors were outside on the pontoon, getting a closer look at Prince Philip’s former Royal Racing Yacht, Bloodhound and relaxing in the Royal Deck Tea Room, with its stunning views over to the River Forth. With the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place in May, our Weekly Snaps photographer did a photoshoot for our special Royal Wedding menu which will include a roast chicken sandwich, lemon & elderflower cake and a Negroni cocktail, served with a tea or coffee. In the Gift Shop, we feature beautiful nautical bottle tops by Orchid Designs.

Paul A. applied base layers to the Binnacle, whilst Mark S. and Gary fitted skirting in the Junior Rates Dining Hall. Tony cleaned the Fo’c’sle Deck, as Ian carried out routine maintenance checks on the Royal Barge. Stuart drilled drainage holes in a flower pot barrel and Martin cleaned the starboard side hull.

14 - 20 April: Carrot Cake, Flavoured Fudge and Royal Wedding!

As visitors tour Britannia’s five decks, many stop for a photograph next to the iconic Britannia Bell. During the Easter holidays, our young visitors had fun sitting in the Admiral’s chair in the Bridge. In the Royal Galley, the team baked delicious carrot cakes for the Royal Deck Tea Room and prepped Oyster mushrooms for an exclusive evening event. We welcomed the Blue Peter film crew on board, with filming taking place throughout the Royal Yacht. As we celebrated the 65th Anniversary of the launch of Britannia in 1953, visitors had the chance to look through our commemorative supplement, documenting Britannia’s 1953 Royal Tour. In the Gift Shop, we feature beautifully illustrated tins to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

This week, Gary sanded the edges of a Perspex board before attaching the Royal Tour supplement. Tony secured a rope in place on the Verandah Deck awning, as Mark L. fitted a new filter for the No.6 Air Handling Unit. Martin repaired a scupper board, whilst Mark S. fitted beading around a pillar in the Junior Rates Dining Hall and Jay framed the new onboard staff Laundry.

7 - 13 April: Nautical Knots, Shortbread and Britannia Gin!

Whilst exploring Britannia’s five decks, visitors enjoyed trying on uniforms in the Petty Officers’ Mess and experiencing knot tying in the Royal Sailing Exhibition. Our Housekeeping team continued their excellent work in the Engine Room and the Bridge. The team in the Royal Galley were busy preparing for an exclusive evening event onboard. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, visitors can enjoy loose-leaf tea with a choice of scone, served with an Old Fashioned cocktail. In the Gift Shop, we offered samples of shortbread and Britannia Gin to visitors, as they finished their tour of Britannia.

Ian, Stuart and Dean S. worked on the flange for the Royal Galley drainage, whilst Mark L. fabricated the seating for the washing machines in the new onboard staff Laundry. Jay framed the new staff Laundry, as Gary fitted a new panel in place in the Junior Rates Dining Hall and Martin repaired a scupper board.

March 2018

31 March - 6 April: Easter Holidays, LEGO Britannia and Freshly Baked Scones!

With the Easter holidays in full swing, our young visitors enjoyed looking at the LEGO Britannia model, made with 40,000 LEGO bricks and trying on sailors outfits in the Royal Marine Sergeants’ and Petty Officers’ Mess. Our Housekeeping team continued their work, polishing in the Engine Room and Sun Lounge. The team in the Royal Galley prepared freshly baked scones and created a beautiful Easter display in the Royal Deck Tea Room. We were delighted to welcome former Royal Secretary and Correspondent, Dickie Arbiter LVO and his grandson, Raff Jones, on board. In the Gift Shop, we feature some of our novelty gifts, celebrating the upcoming Royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May.

With the ship’s binnacle undergoing a complete refurbishment, Paul A. removed old base paint and prepped the binnacle for the fine paintwork and gold leafing to follow. Martin and Jay re-fitted a handrail on the Port side Verandah Deck. Mark L. worked on a base plate for the seating in the new in-house Laundry, whilst Ian carried out his monthly checks on the Activity Boat. Stuart fitted a temporary repair to one of the Royal Galley drainage pipes and Ian adjusted the hinges on the new gate on the pontoon.

24 - 30 March: Easter, Hot Chocolate and Cupcakes!

As the clocks change and the days become longer, we have been welcoming lots of visitors aboard in the lead up to Easter. Our Housekeeping Team have been hard at work, ensuring Britannia is maintained to the same high standards as when in Royal service. Visitors in the Royal Deck Tea Room were enjoying our Easter Hot chocolates, whilst the team in the Royal Galley were creating beautiful hand-crafted toppers for our special Easter cupcakes this weekend.

This week, Martin and Jay washed down the Starboard hull, whilst Mark S. sanded the wooden panelling from Royal Nore. External contractors, Greco-Tech, had to be called in this week to replace Britannia’s snapped halyard. Meanwhile, Martin from our Maintenance team, repaired a scupper board. Mark L. manufactured a seating for our in-house laundry machines and Stuart tightened the adjustable pipe clamp in the Boiler Room.

11 - 23 March: Easter Chicks and Cocktails!

Our Visitor Assistants have been busy answering visitors’ questions across Britannia’s five decks. Prior to the busy Easter holidays, we welcomed new Visitor Assistant, Claire, to the team. The Tea Room team have created a special ‘After Eight’ cocktail for Easter: Baileys, chocolate sauce and white crème de menthe. As the Easter holidays approach, Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, has been perfecting beautiful sugar roses with gold leaf detail, delicate chocolate flowers and adorable Easter chicks to top our special cupcakes. The countdown to the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has started! Our Gift Shop offers a selection of memorabilia in preparation for the celebrations.

Tony applied a black undercoat to areas of silver primer on the Royal Brow. Stuart worked in the Junior Rates Shower Room checking the drainage, whilst Martin and Jay fitted the repaired scupper boards on the Verandah Deck. Martin then changed a lightbulb in the Wheelhouse display in the Visitor Centre. Gary made a flexible vent for the punkah louvres and a connection piece. Mark S. added silicone to seal the joint and fitted the vent in place. On the pontoon, Jay and Ian measured the space for a new gate.  

10 – 16 March: Royal Brow, Cupcake Toppings and Britannia Bell!

Our Visitor Assistants give a warm welcome to all our visitors as they explore Britannia and are always on hand throughout the tour route to take photographs and provide assistance. Our Housekeeping team continued their excellent work as they cleaned and polished the portholes and Royal Brow. In the Royal Galley, Stephen, Executive Pastry Chef, began preparing cupcake toppings for this year’s Easter cupcakes, as Eryk, Kitchen Assistant, added sherry to the delicious Dundee cake mixture. In the Gift Shop, we have the beautiful Alex Monroe collection, featuring pieces in sterling silver with 22ct gold plating.

Ian carried our winterisation checks on the Royal Barge, as Mark L. tightened up the belt tensioner. Stuart vacuumed a water leak from the washing machines, whilst Tony prepared the dress ship flags for changing during the summer. Martin repaired a scupper board and Jay gave a Verandah Deck handrail a light sand, prior to varnishing, as Paul D. ran a cable to the Security Suite.

3 - 9 March: Snowy Scenes, Speciality Coffee and Dress Ship Flags!

The ‘Beast from the East’ hit us hard in Edinburgh last week, forcing us to close Britannia very unusually for two days. Our Maintenance team worked full out to clear the snow from the decks, ready for reopening. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, speciality coffees were served to visitors, as they warmed up from the cold weather. The team in the Royal Galley prepared fresh bread rolls for an exclusive evening event on board. With two seasons in one week, our Dress Ship flags were also put up this week against beautiful blue skies, all ready for Mother’s Day this Sunday.

Paul A. worked on preparing the Ship’s Binnacle for gold leafing, as Ian grinded and soldered the bow plate from the Admiral’s Fast Motor Launch. Gary manufactured and fitted panels in the Junior Rates Dining Hall, whilst Dean M. painted the Junior Rates Scullery. Dean S. painted drain pipe work from the Royal Galley and Ian repaired a silver candle stick.

February 2018

24 February – 2 March: Britannia Bell, Admiral’s Display and Fresh Oysters!

Despite the winter weather returning to Leith this week, we warmly welcomed lots of visitors on board to explore Britannia. Our Visitor Assistants took photos of visitors next to the iconic Britannia Bell, as Ali, Janitor, cleaned the Admiral’s display in the Visitor Centre. The team in the Royal Deck Tea Room made Bonnie Prince Charlie coffee and created a new recipe for our special Mother’s Day cocktail, a Pomegranate Martini. In the Royal Galley, fresh oysters and crabs were prepared for an evening event. In the Gift Shop, we feature beautiful pieces from the Alex Monroe collection, available in sterling silver with 22ct yellow gold plating.

This week, Tony cleaned the Royal Barge, as Martin cleared the bolt threads on the handrails. Tony and Martin re-fitted the handrails on the starboard Shelter Deck and port side Verandah Deck. Dean S. dug an access trench to the forward access gate, whilst Ian and Tony loaded the air compressor to take to Royal Nore. Tony washed down the hull and Solomon painted the perimeter fence.

17 - 23 February: LEGO Britannia, Freshly Baked Scones and Whisky!

As the English schools half-term holidays begin, our young visitors enjoyed the LEGO replica model of Britannia and trying on sailors outfits in the Royal Marine Sergeants’ and Petty Officers’ Mess. In the Royal Galley, Michal, Junior Sous Chef, made freshly baked cheese scones, as the team in the Royal Deck Tea Room provided table service to all visitors. Lynda Dalgleish, Head of Marketing, welcomed Carolyn Thornton and Chrissie the guide dog puppy, who is in training. Two new members of staff have joined the Britannia team, Donna Henderson, Finance Manager and Graham MacKay, Visitor Experience Manager. In the Gift Shop, we feature our 20 year old, limited edition, single malt scotch whisky, celebrating Britannia’s 20th Anniversary as a visitor attraction and exclusive evening events venue in Edinburgh.

Martin moved the newly varnished handrails back to the Shelter Deck, as Tony checked a life jacket. Ian machined the shaft couplings from Royal Nore, whilst Gary fixed strapping in the Junior Rates Dining Hall. Mark L. and Dean S. re-positioned a small lathe in the engineer’s workshop and Stuart painted in the electrical workshop. Martin repaired some scupper boards, as Gary removed a redundant bracket in the Junior Rates Dining Hall.

10 - 16 February: Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day and Cuddly Corgis!

With the February half-term school holidays beginning this week, we welcomed many visitors on board to explore Britannia. Ali and Ricky, Janitors, cleaned the Admiral’s display and adjusted the red carpet in preparation for an evening event. The team in the Royal Galley prepared Cullen Skink soup, served in the Royal Deck Tea Room, and beetroot tuiles for an exclusive evening event on board. This week, we celebrated Pancake Day with Sean, Demi Chef de Partie, making fresh pancakes to order for customers in the Royal Deck Tea Room. Visitors also enjoyed our Valentine’s Day Champagne cocktail, a Wild Kir Royale, served with home-made macarons. In the Gift Shop, we feature our new cuddly corgis, just in, and complete with their Britannia gold medallion and collar.

This week, Jay sanded and oiled scupper boards from the Verandah Deck, whilst Paul A. sanded and prepared handrails, prior to varnishing. Stuart fitted and riveted the non-slip tread in place on the gold level gangway and Ian continued work on the ring spanner, to enable removal of the shaft locking nut from The Royal Nore. Mark L. manufactured a rabbit’s head tool, used for welding, as Tony and Mark S. worked in the Junior Rates’ Mess.

3 - 9 February: Britannia Bell, Engine Room and Wild Kir Royale!

Our Visitor Assistants are always happy to take photographs of visitors as they tour Britannia's five decks. This week, a popular spot was on the Verandah Deck, next to the iconic Britannia Bell. Housekeepers, Mel and Eileen, continued their excellent work, as they polished in the Engine Room. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, Sarah, Food and Beverage Supervisor provided table service to visitors, as they enjoyed our freshly baked scones. The team in the Royal Galley prepared shallots, rosemary and caramel for an evening event. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we feature our special Champagne cocktail, a ‘Wild Kir Royale’. In the Gift Shop, we show off our new range of Britannia rugby shirts in navy and red stripes, embroidered with Britannia’s crest in full colour.

This week, Tony worked on a new gold rope barrier for the Grand Staircase, as Paul A. continued to varnish the final pieces of the display units for the Gift Shop. Mark S. re-fitted the soap dispenser and air freshener in the Visitor Centre toilet, whilst Martin sanded a scupper board. Stuart measured and cut the non-slip tread for the lift tower gangways, before Dean S. riveted them in place. Ian assembled a jacking fitting to assist removal of the shafts from The Royal Nore.

January 2018

27 January - 2 February: Flavoured Fudge, Scallops & Britannia At Sea Collection!

Aboard Britannia, visitors toured each of the five decks, sampling delicious flavoured fudge in the NAAFI and enjoying hot beverages in the Royal Deck Tea Room. Linda, Housekeeping Team Leader and Ali, Janitor polished and cleaned in the Visitor Centre. The team in the Royal Galley prepared scallops and freshly baked bread rolls for an exclusive evening event. We were delighted to welcome Jennifer Armit, Receptionist & Office Administrator and Samuel Flett, Finance Assistant to the team at Britannia. In the Gift Shop, we feature the beautiful Britannia at Sea collection by D. John Wood.

Mark S. removed the mirror from the Visitor Centre toilets before Dean M. painted the walls. Jay worked on the top of a rope box as Martin removed the damaged sections of the scupper boards from the Verandah Deck. Martin buffed a brass end cap for a handrail, whilst Ian removed the grub screws from the propellers of The Royal Nore, in preparation for them to be collected for repair. Stuart cut the non-slip treads for the lift tower gangways and Ian manufactured a ring spanner, to remove the shaft locking nut from The Royal Nore.

20 - 26 January: Silver Pantry, Gift Shop and Burns Day!

Whilst touring Britannia’s five decks, visitors enjoyed watching Bloodhound’s reconstruction video in the Royal Sailing Exhibition and trying on sailors’ outfits in the Petty Officers' and Royal Marine Sergeants’ Mess. Housekeepers, Eileen and Mel, polished cutlery in the Silver Pantry, ensuring it is kept to the same standards as when Britannia was in Royal service. In the Royal Deck Tea Room, Ali, Bar Supervisor, served soup and sandwiches, as the team in the Royal Galley prepared lemon drizzle cake and sandwiches for the Tea Room and haggis, neeps and tatties for an evening event on board. In the onboard NAAFI, visitors sampled our Rabbie Burns fruitcake flavoured fudge. In the Gift Shop, we feature our beautiful window display and our Retail team offering visitors samples of delicious hand-made shortbread.

Tony and Ian measured the mast on Bloodhound, whilst Mark S, Gary and Paul A. prepared and varnished new wall display units and side panels for the Gift Shop. Martin glued wooden plugs to the handrails, before Jay sawed off the excess wood. Jay and Dean M. removed varnish from the handrails and passage way door. Stuart dismantled the lathe in the electrical workshop, before relocating it to the engineer’s workshop.

13 - 19 January: Petits Fours and 20th Anniversary Malt Whisky!

As the wintry weather arrived in Edinburgh this week, our Visitor Assistants warmly welcomed visitors for a tour of Britannia’s five decks. Our Housekeeping team were busy keeping everything shipshape. The Royal Galley team potted up Christmas puddings to Britannia’s traditional recipe, which will now be left to mature ready for next Christmas. They also prepared chocolate and hazelnut petits fours for an exclusive evening event on board. The Gift Shop feature our special 20th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky, along with a selection of all you need to know about whisky books.

Our new employees took part in our latest Company Awareness Day, having the opportunity to meet each Head of Department and learning how they all work together to make Britannia Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction.

Mark S. replaced the door handle on a toilet door in the Visitor Centre, whilst Stuart lifted and re-laid the popped tiles in the Laundry. Jay prepared a handrail from the Starboard Shelter Deck for varnishing and added the brass end cap back in place. Nigel washed down the Quarter Deck and scupper boards on the Verandah Deck, as Mark L. removed redundant ventilation trunking from No.1 Fan Space. Tony washed down the Fo’c’sle whilst Mark S. worked on a new display unit for the Gift Shop.

6 - 12 January: Nautical Knots, Carrot Cake and Champagne!

This week, visitors toured Britannia’s five decks, learning to tie the perfect nautical knot in the Royal Sailing Exhibition and trying on sailor hats in the Petty Officers’ and Royal Marine Sergeants’ Mess. Our Housekeeping team continued their hard work in the Silver Pantry, with Mel and Eileen, Housekeepers, polishing the silver cutlery to the same standard as when Britannia was in Royal service. The team in the Royal Galley prepared and baked carrot cake for the Royal Deck Tea Room. Robyn, Waiter, pictured with a Jeroboam of Champagne after guessing the total number of visitors, closest to the final record breaking figure for 2017.

Jay retrieved the two fenders from Royal Nore as Tony and Mark L. re-aligned the plate at the bottom of the Laundry gangway. Ian worked on a new plinth and Stuart removed the No. 1 pump from the after Sewage Treatment Space. Dean S. grouted new tiles in the Royal Galley, whilst Gary repaired a door lock. Mark S. and Gary moved a completed display unit for the Gift Shop, as Jay and Martin took down some Christmas decorations. Gary made a new display door for the Bridge Chart Room. 

1 - 5 January: Happy New Year!

As we welcomed the first visitors of the New Year, it was a busy week on board Britannia. Our dedicated Housekeeping team were hard at work as Ricky, Janitor, pruned the hanging flowers on the Quayside, whilst Susan, Housekeeper, ensured that the lift tower, which allows fantastic accessibility for all between Britannia’s five decks, was spotless. Aaron and Gayle, Waiters, were busy in the Royal Deck Tea Room providing each customer with five-star table service. This week we also feature the gleaming Engine Room and the pristine uniforms of the musicians of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. 

The New Year got off to a busy start for the Maintenance team too, as Ian checked dimensions on HRH Prince Philip’s former Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound. Martin fitted handrails on the Royal Bridge as Paul A. painted fine details on to the cypher. Mark S., Gary and Ian built a display unit for the Gift Shop whilst Jay and Martin worked on the Quayside fence. 

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Our visitors explored Britannia with their complimentary audio guides, available in 30 languages, whilst taking part in our Yottie Bear Treasure Hunt throughout the five decks. The Housekeeping team ensured Britannia was kept to the same high standards as when in Royal service. The team in the Royal Galley prepared Chanterelle mushrooms to accompany the delicious main course dishes served at evening events. In the Gift Shop, we feature Britannia themed kids t-shirts, Britannia Bell pin badges and our Christmas puddings, made in the Royal Galley to the traditional Britannia recipe.

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