KING GEORGE Vs ROYAL BRITANNIA
Friday September 18th, 2009
BRITANNIA SET TO RULE THE WAVES ONCE MORE
Several years of legal wrangles have finally come to an end and the replica yacht Britannia has at last been allowed to set sail from Russia. Now docked in Son, near Oslo, Norway, the replica of King George V’s Royal Yacht is to be officially named at a ceremony to be held in Cowes next May.
The original Britannia was sunk off the Isle of Wight in accordance with the King’s dying wish for her to be ‘buried with him’. The owner of the new Britannia, Sigurd Coates, intends to charter the yacht from Cowes for historical tours and training. But first she will go on tour around the UK and the Med.
The battle to have her released from the Northern Russian boat builders yard came about when shareholders began to dispute the yacht’s value. It would appear that they wanted the current value rather than the commissioned one. This could be between £2mil and £3mil. After reaching a settlement the Britannia is once again set to rule the waves and become the talk of the season in 2010.
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