Mantua/Sergal 1/60 HMY Britannia 1893 Americas Cup Yacht Kit 733
After the Prince of Wales' nephew Kaiser Wilhelm II acquired the racing cutter Thistle in 1891, her Scottish designer George Lennox Watson received a commission from Edward VII for a sailing yacht in 1892. He designed the Britannia to the "Length And Sail Area Rule" as a First Class cutter and had her built alongside his America's Cup challenger Valkyrie II at the D&W Henderson Yard on the River Clyde. She was launched on April 20th, 1893, a week ahead of Valkyrie II. By the end of her first year's racing, the Britannia had scored thirty-three wins from forty-three starts. In her second season, she won all seven races for the big class yachts on the French Riviera, and then beat the 1893 America's Cup defender Vigilant in home waters. Despite a lull in big yacht racing after 1897, the Britannia served as a trial horse for Sir Thomas Lipton's challenger Shamrock I, and later passed on to several owners in a cruising trim with raised bulwarks. A new replica of the Britannia is currently awaiting trial in Arkhangelsk, Russia, after her shipyard has arrogated her from her legal owner.
The kit includes laser cut frames for keel & bulkheads, and exotic wood strip for hull planking. Also included is the wooden deck planking, masts and spars,ï¿½metalï¿½and wooden fittings, laser etched detailing, and silkï¿½flag. The instruction booklet is very detailed, taking you through every step of construction.
Scale 1:60, Length: 830mm.
Skill Level 2