- Alan Major
15th April 2011
A history of Royal Yachts and ships of state, both from Britain and abroad, from the Norman Conquest to the present day.
Using his personal ship, Mora, William, Duke of Normandy, invaded Britain with a fleet of similar ships. It was the first of a long line of ships with Royal associations. The word ‘yacht’ did not come into British usage until the seventeenth century, it being a Dutch word. King Charles II, while in exile in the Netherlands, spent much time sailing statenyachts and had one brought to England when he was crowned. This 100-ton vessel, with its gold decoration, was the first proper British royal yacht and started a long line of eighty-three different vessels that finished with the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now moored at Leith as a floating museum.