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Day 3 - Day 1 in Edinburgh

The Royal Yacht Britannia

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As yesterday had been a little stressful, we decided that we would catch the local bus a few stops down the road so that we could visit the Royal Yacht which is now moored in Leith Harbour, visible from the end of the neck on which our flat is situated. This photograph from the bridge looks across to Western Harbour, where we are staying. In the distance on the left is the Forth Bridge, too far to show in the photo!

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We followed a one way system but easily managed and without missing anything. The ship is as good as I had imagined and the crew must have been very fortunate to serve on board. A display of the various flags used by ships caught my eye, as did the ornate replica of a binnacle from a previous Royal Yacht, the Royal George, in front of the ship's bell and Royal Standard.

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One item which particularly fascinated me was this chart showing the positions of all the ships at the Spithead Review in 1953 - I was there! I think we must have had a school trip to a viewing point but it certainly made an impression.

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The formal entertaining reception room was very pleasant and I hope the panoramic shot that I took will illustrate this.

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As we wound our way further down, we came across the engine room - wow! I have seen plenty of cars with immaculate shiny engines but this really takes the cake!

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Was it really maintained at this standard when they were sailing around the world? What a job for someone, perhaps some of the crew would not have felt quite so fortunate!

We disembarked at quay level where we could see the Rolls Royce under an awning ready to be loaded onto the ship. This was a major exercise which entailed removing the front bumper to fit the car into the "cubbyhole" on the starboard.

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In the evening, we felt that we deserved a treat so we walked along the shore to the Fishmarket where we had a delicious seafood meal then walked back in time to watch the sun setting, not spectacular but a good feeling. Four pics to finish - the restaurant, the view across the harbour, the lighthouse and the sunset.

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Posted by SteveJD 19:13 Archived in Scotland Tagged sunset restaurant harbour ship queen royal britannia royal_yacht

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