Last month, the majestic 52-metre classic sailing yacht K1 Britannia was successfully lifted from her cradle at Venture Quays in England‘s Cowes, and subsequently transferred to Hythe to be completed. Luxury yacht K1 Britannia is a replica of Britannia yacht, originally designed by George Lennox Watson and built by Henderson’s on the Clyde in 1893 for Queen Victoria’s son Prince Albert Edward of Wales.
K1 Britannia yacht’s 64 ton hull was slowly raised into the air and then she swung over to the pontoon at the side of the crane. After carefully turning her hull she was lowered gently into the water right next to the pontoon and tied up safely.
As superyacht K1 Britannia has had some of her keel removed it was then necessary to bulk her up with ballast so that she would sit correctly in the water and 20 tons of ballast had to be put into her hold – mostly in the form of large bags of water – so that she would be able to make the journey over to Hythe.