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HMY Britannia (1893); Recreation vessel; yacht

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Object ID SLR0200
Description Scale: 1:24. Full hull model of the Royal yacht Britannia (1893) made in wood with metal fittings. The hull is copper plated with individual plates below the waterline with the upperworks painted gloss black with a narrow gold strip running the entire length of the hull just below the gunwale. The individually planked, mast, spars and rigging blocks are finished in a natural wood and are devoid of stain and varnish. There are six skylights and companionways or varying sizes, all of which are stained and vanished . There is a single bowsprit fixed inboard between a pair of bitts, and a single mast which is fitted with a topmast, boom and gaff. There are a number of metal fittings on deck as the housing for the bowsprit(bitts), a capstan, and the rudder head rigged with the tiller. The model is displayed on five wooden keel blocks and supported by six wooden shores wedged at either end around the turn of the bilge, all of which are fixed to a rectangular wooden baseboard which painted black. There is a brass plaque inscribed: 'HMY Britannia 1893 Designed by G.L. Watson model made by John Phillips'.
Date made circa 1979

Artist/Maker Phillips, John T.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials wood; cotton; copper; metal; plastic; paint; gilt
Measurements Overall model: 1853 x 2057 x 298 mm; Base: 255 x 1529 x 508 mm,
  • HMY Britannia (1893); Recreation vessel; yacht (SLR0200)
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