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Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert  III, 1905
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Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert III, 1905

Measurements: 27.5 cm (10.75in) x 34cm (13.5in)

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Oil on board. old label verso of J.W. Cross of Ryde Isle of Wight. Contained in a modern gilt wood frame.

H.M.Y. Victoria and Albert  III was launched 1899. She was the third yacht of this name and was fitted with steam engines. She was completed in the summer 1901, seven months after the death of Queen Victoria. The vessel measured 380 feet (120 m) in length by 40 feet (12 m) in the beam with a tonnage of 4,700. The total cost of the ship was £572,000, five-sevenths the cost of the latest battleship. During fitting-out the yacht had a large traditional capstan so the Queen could be entertained by watching the sailors work. The extra weight resulted in the ship tipping over when her dry dock was flooded – causing significant damage to the ship.

V&AIII was commanded by Commodore the Hon. Hedworth Lambton and crewed by a ship's company of 336 men. Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visited their new yacht in early August 1901, and used it for the first time when crossing the Channel to attend the funeral in Germany of the King's sister, Empress Frederick. She was the base for the royal couple during the coronation fleet review at Spithead in August 1902. Following the review, the royal couple toured the West Coast of Scotland and visited the Isle of Man, before the Victoria and Albert took Queen Alexandra to Copenhagen for her annual autumn visit. In late 1902 she was fitted with telescopic masts. King Edward later used the yacht for summer cruises most years of his reign, visiting various countries in Europe.

Victoria and Albert later served George V, Edward VIII and George VI and took part in fleet reviews 1935 and 1937, but was withdrawn after the latter and decommissioned in 1939. She served as an accommodation ship to gunnery school H.M.S. Excellent. Plans for a new yacht were suspended due to the Second World War. H.M.Y. Britannia eventually replaced Victoria and Albert in 1954.

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