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Episode 1: Great British Royal Ships: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia

Summary

Part one of two. Rob Bell examines iconic ships that have played significant roles in Britain's maritime and cultural history, beginning with the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now permanently berthed in Edinburgh, it was, for 44 years, a floating palace at sea. HMY Britannia travelled more than a million miles, the equivalent of one circumnavigation of the globe for every year she was in service.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rob Bell – who presented Channel 5’s surprisingly good series about bridges – here launches an informative look at royal ships with the story of HMY Britannia. After being decommissioned in 1997, the royal yacht is now permanently berthed (“literally frozen in time”) in Edinburgh as a visitor attraction, but spent most of its life as a sort of working palace afloat, a place where diplomatic and business deals were done and the royals relaxed in country-house comfort.

Britannia got a reputation as a luxury pleasure cruiser (“quite literally the benchmark in super-yachts”) that scuppered its future in hard economic times – but the Queen’s tears at the decommissioning ceremony suggest it was a tough decision.

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  • Episode 1

    Great British Royal Ships: Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia

    Summary

    Part one of two. Rob Bell examines iconic ships that have played significant roles in Britain's maritime and cultural history, beginning with the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now permanently berthed in Edinburgh, it was, for 44 years, a floating palace at sea. HMY Britannia travelled more than a million miles, the equivalent of one circumnavigation of the globe for every year she was in service.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    Rob Bell – who presented Channel 5’s surprisingly good series about bridges – here launches an informative look at royal ships with the story of HMY Britannia. After being decommissioned in 1997, the royal yacht is now permanently berthed (“literally frozen in time”) in Edinburgh as a visitor attraction, but spent most of its life as a sort of working palace afloat, a place where diplomatic and business deals were done and the royals relaxed in country-house comfort.

    Britannia got a reputation as a luxury pleasure cruiser (“quite literally the benchmark in super-yachts”) that scuppered its future in hard economic times – but the Queen’s tears at the decommissioning ceremony suggest it was a tough decision.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterRob Bell

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorPaul Nelson
    Executive producerJeff Anderson
    ProducerPaul Nelson
    Series producerGuy Templeton
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