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The Royal Yacht Britannia left John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank

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On 9 November 1953 the Royal Yacht Britannia left John Brown's shipyard on Clydebank to begin her speed trials. She had been launched by Queen Elizabeth 16 April of that year and was commissioned on 11 January 1954.

Maiden voyage of Britannia

The ship's maiden voyage took her from Portsmouth to Malta and the Queen and Prince Philip first sailed on HMY Britannia from Tobruk in 1954. In her years of service, she sailed a total of 1,087,623 nautical miles.

The ship was to transport the royal family on more than 1,000 trips before she was finally decommissioned in 1997. She is now kept at Leith in Edinburgh, where visitors can tour the ship and learn about her history. See the Royal Yacht Britannia website for details.

RMY Britannia factfile

  • Tonnage: 5769 GT
  • Length: 126 metres
  • Height: 37 metres
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Maiden voyage: 14 April 1954 (Portsmouth to Malta)
  • Commissioned: 11 January 1954
  • Decommissioned: 11 December 1997

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