I have just come across a petition to stop the building of a new Royal Yacht which is said to be costing 200 million and to be named after Prince Philip, I am delighted to report that so far the petition has received a paltry 35,000 signatures.
Personally I think building a new ship is a rather splendid idea and if the vessel proves to be as useful as the previous Royal Yacht Britannia will be money well spent.
Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was in service form 1954 until 1997 and during those 43 years she sailed more than a million nautical miles and was designed to be converted into a hospital ship in times of war and to transport the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to safety off the north west coast of Scotland in the event on a nuclear war.
During her time as the Royal Yacht, Britannia transported the Queen and other members of the Royal Family and dignitaries on 696 foreign trips, steaming 1,087,623 nautical miles and helping to earn millions by promoting British industry abroad and is still earning money as a visitor attraction moored in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh.
I feel that should the new yacht be commissioned and be as successful as the previous one, even at 200 million it would be money well spent, I look forward to seeing her.