HM Yacht Britannia (Minic Ships 721)
HM Yacht Britannia (Minic Ships 721)(i)
A 1:1200 first-issue model of Her Majesty's Yacht HMY Britannia, part of the Tri-Ang Minic range produced between 1959 and 1964.
The model has a white and black body and yellow funnel.
Triang Catalogue Number: M721
The original ship
The Royal Yacht Britannia was built as replacement for the obsolete Victoria and Albert, with the order placed in February 1952 with John Brown & Co Ltd. The Clydebank yard won this contract largely because of its experience in building the prestigious Cunard "Queens", and the RMS Caronia.
Britannia was designed to be a dual function vessel – as a Royal Yacht in peacetime and as a hospital ship in times of hostility. Triang Minic also made a model of the Britannia in its wartime paintwork which can be found on the wiki here
The ship was launched in 1953, commissioned in 1954, and decommissioned in 1997, and is now permanently docked in Edinburgh.