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This is a list of Royal Yachts of the United Kingdom. There have been 84 Royal Yachts since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. King Charles II had 25 Royal Yachts and five were simultaneously in service in 1831. Occasionally merchantmen or warships have been chartered or assigned for special duty as a temporary Royal Yacht, for example the steamship Ophir in 1901 and the battleship HMS Vanguard in 1947. In 1997 HMY Britannia was decommissioned and not replaced. There is currently no British Royal Yacht, although MV Hebridean Princess has been used by the Royal Family.[1]

Ships[]

  • Mary (1660-1675)
  • Royal Escape
  • Anne (1661-?)
  • Bezan (1661-?)
  • Katherine (1661 - ?) Built by Phineas Pett
  • Charles (1662-?)
  • Jamie or Jemmy
  • Henrietta
  • Merlin* (1666-?)
  • Monmouth (1666-?)
  • Navy (1666-?)
  • Saudadoes (1670-?)
  • Cleveland (1671-?)
  • Queenborough (1671-?)
  • Deale (1673-?)
  • Isle of Wight (1673-?)
  • Kitchen (1674-?)
  • Katherine (1674-?)
  • Portsmouth (1674-?)
  • Charles (1675-?)
  • Charlot (1677-?)
  • Mary (1677-?)
  • Henrietta (1679-?)
  • Izabella Bezan (1680-?)
  • Fubbs (1682-?)
  • Isabella (1680-?)
  • William & Mary (1694-?)
  • Squirrel (1695-?)
  • Scout (1695-?)
  • Queenborough (1701-?)
  • Soeesdyke (1702-?)
  • Portsmouth (1702-?)
  • Isabella (1703-?)
  • Drake (1705-?)
  • Dublin (1709-?)
  • Bolton (1709-?)
  • Charlot (1710-?)
  • Carolina (1710-?)
  • Chatham (1710-?)
  • Chatham (1741-?)
  • Portsmouth (1742-?)
  • Royal Caroline (renamed Royal Charlotte in 1761), 1749 - ?
  • Dorset (1753-?)
  • Plymouth (1755-?)
  • Augusta (1771-?)
  • Portsmouth (1794-?)
  • Plymouth (1796-?)
  • Royal Sovereign (1804-?)
  • William & Mary (1807-?)
  • Royal George (1817-1842)
  • Prince Regent (1820-?)
  • Royal Charlotte (1824-?)
  • Royal Adelaide (1833-?)
  • Victoria and Albert (1843-1855) - remained in-service as Osborne (1855-1867)
  • Fairy (1845-1863) (tender to Victoria and Albert)
  • Elfin (1848-1901)
  • Victoria and Albert (ii) (1855-1900)
  • Alberta (1863-1913) (tender to Victoria and Albert (ii))
  • Osborne (1870-1908) (tender to Victoria and Albert (ii))
  • Victoria and Albert (iii) (1901-1937)
  • SS Ophir* (1901) - chartered steamship for the royal tour of the colonies
  • Alexandra (1908-1925)
  • Britannia (Royal Cutter Yacht)* (1893-1936)
  • RMS Empress of Britain (1931-1940)
  • RMS Empress of Australia* (1939)[2]
  • HMS Renown (1916) Used in 1920 for the Prince of Wales Empire tour and in 1927 by the Duke and Duchess of York to visit Australia
  • HMS Vanguard* (1947) Battleship used to take George VI and family to South Africa
  • Gothic* (1952-1954)
  • Britannia (1954-1997)
  • MV Hebridean Princess* (chartered 2006 & 2010)

* Not HMY

Notes[]

References[]

  • Madge, Tim (1997). Royal Yachts of the World. Thomas Reed Publications. pp. 182–3. ISBN 0-901281-74-3. 
  • Fenwick, Valerie and Gale, Alison (1998), Historic Shipwrecks, Discovered, Protected and Investigated,pp112–113 Tempus Publishing Limited, ISBN 0-7524-1473-9. Describes the Mary and mentions Katherine and Phineas Pett.

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