Unlucky thirteen for Britannia lift

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 

Unlucky thirteen for Britannia lift

The replica of the Royal Yacht Britannia during Friday's failed attempt to lift it out of the water.

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ATTEMPTS to lift a massive replica hull of the Royal Yacht Britannia will resume today (Tuesday) after the last effort had to be abandoned.

The vessel was towed to the Isle of Wight from Norway and is due to be fitted-out by by the Britannia Trust.

They hoped to lift the 138 ton vessel out of the water on Friday, but had to stop half-way after it was discovered it weighed 13 tons more than expected.

This was over the insurance limit and it was decided to put Britannia back in the water and postpone her lifting until today (Tuesday).

The lifting process is expected to start at around noon.

A crowd had gathered at Venture Quays to watch the replica hull of the HMY Britannia be lifted from the water and placed into her bespoke cradle.

The yacht is expected to be at the service centre for between 12 and 18 months, while the Britannia Trust undertake her final fit-out, after which she will be used for charitable causes.

Video courtesy of cowes.co.uk

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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