Britannia behind the scenes

We’ve been spoiled rotten of late by wonderful footage of G.L. Watson’s masterpiece, Britannia, from the recently fully released Pathe archive.

This, from 1931, is particularly fine – and rare because she’s in passagemaking mode: the galley stove pipe and her huge forepeak ventilator are in position forward of the mast; her beautiful gig is hoisted in the davits. Who is that at the helm dressed for the city? How big is that trysail? And the camera can get close alongside because she’s not racing.

Britannia was “Clydebuilt” by D. & W. Henderson, Partick, Glasgow in 1893. She features on the front cover of Martin Black’s biography of her designer: G.L. WATSON – THE ART AND SCIENCE OF YACHT DESIGN. .

~ Iain McAllister ~


About Peggy Bawn Press

496pg biography of Scottish yacht designer, George Lennox Watson (1851-1904). Significant book on the history of yacht design & the development of modern yachting. Beautifully illustrated. Many photographs previously unpublished.
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