"Old Britty" was one of the most beloved and venerable racing yachts of all time. In a 43 year career than spanned 22 racing seasons, Britannia competed in 635 races, winning 231 first prizes, well over twice the number of any other large yacht ever built. The important piece of yachting history you see before you is one of her primary deck winches, mounted on what are believed to be pieces of the yacht's original deck planking.
Ordered from the famous Scottish designer G.L.Watson in 1893 by Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Britannia was campaigned even more extensively by his son George V, who became known as the "Sailor King". This famous yacht enjoyed the abiding affection of two kings and the adoration of the entire British public right up to the end of her days in 1936.
Accompanying this significant relic from yachting's "golden age", is a rare silver gelatin print of the royal yacht in racing trim taken and signed by "Kirk of Cowes". The captain itself is engraved with the vessel's name and the dates of her career.
Teak Decking Measures 27¼"L x 13"W x 2"H
Capstan 9½ Inches Tall with Top Head Diameter of 8"
Kirk of Cowes Photograph 11" x 8½", 15½" x 12½" Framed
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