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.
11 - 17 February: Half-Term holidays and Valentine's Day!
We have had a busy week on board as Scottish schools begin their February half-term break. We were thrilled to welcome on board the VisitBritain Press and Marketing team. In the Galley, Brendan, Sous Chef, prepared confit tomato whilst our Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, baked a Victoria sandwich cake, named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice. Our HR & Training Manager and talented pianist, Ruth, created a romantic atmosphere in the Tea Room for those celebrating Valentine's Day with soft background music. Our Gift Shop show a colouring book and reward chart, perfect for those on school holiday with luxury House of Dorchester fine chocolates for the adults!
This week we welcomed on board Ewan, our new Maintenance Assistant. Work continued on the Port Upper Deck Waist, as Ewan applied rust neutraliser, Nigel completed a fibre glass repair and Dean applied an undercoat to the scupper trough. Jos power washed the starboard Waist whilst Sean progressed to the next stage as he sanded the dolphin board. Gary, Mark S. and Derek, Head of Maintenance, removed the displays from the Junior Rates Dining Hall. Ian welded a bracket for the new pontoon as Mark L. lifted the old boards off the existing pontoon. Paul A. sanded a handrail.
4 - 10 February: Preparing for Valentine's Day!
We're looking forward to Valentine's Day on board with a delicious limited edition raspberry, meringue and chocolate fudge, home-made in the NAAFI. On the 14th itself, the Royal Deck Tea Room will serve macarons and chocolates made by our Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, accompanied by a special cocktail created by our Food and Beverage Manager, Bruce. The Galley team have also been busy baking lemon drizzle cakes and carrot cakes for our visitors to enjoy in the Tea Room. The shop also show their great selection of china cups and tea, the perfect way to keep warm on a chilly day.
Nigel and Jos worked on the Upper Deck Waist, whilst Jay re-secured the sill plate to the Starboard Sun Lounge door. Continuing the preparations from last week, Ian made progress with the new decking on the pontoon. Ian and Mark L. then both worked on components for the Pontoon. Sean cleaned a deck scupper board whilst Martin sanded a rope locker. Jay cut moulds to be used by the Galley team. Paul A. made preparations to sand a decorative handrail piece. Dean was in the workshop checking the quayside water connections.
28 January - 3 February: Chocolate macarons and crested cufflinks!
Our visitors tour the five decks from the Bridge to the Royal Apartments. Executive Pastry Chef, Stephen, baked delicious chocolate macarons. The Tea Room galley team served carrot and coriander soup, while the baristas made a special Bonnie Prince Charlie coffee infused with Drambuie. This week we highlight the Glass and Silver Pantries where the silverware dates back to the Edwardian period. Our Gift Shop features our brand new cufflinks with colourful crest detail. Looking ahead to February 14th, our team have identified beautiful Valentine jewellery gifts.
Mark S. and Gary made a shelving unit for the clothing store whilst Nigel, Rab and Jos painted the deckhead on the Port Upper Deck Waist. Continuing last week's work on the pontoon Mark L. laid out the new deck boards. Mark L. then used the grinder on an old bracket on the quayside. Paul A. varnished the Sun Lounge Starboard standards; a wooden door as well as handrails. Sean polished the brass caps from the handrails.
21 - 27 January: Sea air and Burns Night preparations!
This week we feature our visitors taking in the fresh sea air on the Verandah Deck as they tour the five decks. Our Galley team are busy in preparations for our exclusive ticketed evening Burns Night events on Friday and Saturday. The Housekeeping team continues their hard work in maintaining Britannia to the same standards as when in Royal service. In the week of Robert Burns celebrations our shop shows a range of souvenirs with colourful Scottish map designs. We also welcome on board Chitambo as our new Senior Sales Assistant.
Ian started the week by removing a redundant bracket that held an old spotlight and then grinding the space for the perfect finish. Dean M. cleared out the scupper trough on the Upper Deck Starboard Waist. Following the work completed last week, Jos made the finishing touches to the paint work on the Upper Deck Starboard Waist. Paul D. fitted AC power for the new light.
The old deckboards were removed from the pontoon. Paul A. painted a new display for the Gift Shop and also prepared the Upper Deck Cross passage Starboard door for its layer of varnish. Jay varnished the Starboard Sun Lounge door standards and repaired a rope locker box. Dean S. removed and drained a boiler whilst Jay prised off a handrail for repair work.
14 - 20 January: Visitors along the tour route!
Our visitors explore the tour route from the Laundry Room to the onboard Rolls Royce.The Galley prepared the delicious Cullen Skink soup served in the Tea Room. Brendan and Mariusz make preparations for the evening event from the garnishes to the stunning seared duck. We show the finale to our tour in the Sailing Exhibition, where visitors can learn about the Royal Family's love of sailing. We also feature our onboard Operating Theatre and our Gift Shop is all prepared for Burns night next week with our 12 year old whisky, hip flask and books on Robert Burns himself and Scottish traditions.
The Maintenance team carried out the realignment of the pontoon and attached it to Britannia. Tony, Sean and Martin helped to remove the Forward Cross Passage Starboard Door for re-varnishing. Nigel and Tony removed marks from the Upper Deck Starboard side. Tony and Mark L. removed the oversized door covering from the newly varnished Verandah Deck door.
Mark S. fitted a new sign in our Visitor Centre whilst Stuart patched up a part of the ceiling ahead of painting. Paul A. sanded down a handrail from the Starboard side and Ian carried out routine checks of the Admiral’s Fast Motor Launch. The team removed flotsam from the Activity Boat propeller as Paul D. attended to a number of electrical jobs. Dean S. painted the SCOs cabin.
7 - 13 January: Carot cake, shortbread and cocoa stencils!
We feature visitors along the tour route as they enjoy listening to our complimentary audio guides. Whilst touring the five decks, any questions can be answered by our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants. Commis Pastry Chef, Victoria puts the finishing touches to a cake stand full of miniature carrot cake slices and home-made buttery shortbread rounds. The Baristas in the Royal Deck Tea Room tried out their fun new stencils to top hot drinks. We show Ricky, Janitor, part of our dedicated Housekeeping team, ensuring that Britannia is kept 'ship-shape'. The Gift Shop show their brand new Indulgence jewellery display stand.
Jay started to manufacture a containment which will be fitted whilst the door standards to the Sun Lounge are varnished. Gary continued his production of a shelf for the Tea Room bar. Rab, Jos, Nigel and Dean M painted the Upper Deck Starboard whilst Mark fitted a bracket in A Fan Space. Stuart painted the Senior Commanding Officer's cabin and Ian repaired a fishing net.
1 January – 6 January: Happy New Year!
We start the first week of January with pictures of our visitors along the tour route, from the Royal Apartments to the Verandah Deck. The Galley team have been busy preparing the delicious soups, cakes and sandwiches to be served in the Royal Galley. Our Gift Shop show their 2017 calendars, featuring stunning pictures of Scottish landscapes. The fudge, made on board, continues to be popular with visitors in the NAAFI.
The Maintenance team have had a busy start to the year as they help to take down the Christmas decorations both onboard and in the Visitor Centre. Ian has conducted his routine safety inspections whilst Gary started to manufacture a new cupboard for the Tea Room Bar. Nigel fitted the plates on the Starboard Waist. Stuart and Dean completed checks on the new UV filter for the water tank.
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