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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Second Royal Yacht to be berthed in Leith Harbour

Many Leithers are proud that the Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed in Leith Harbour, well now the Royal Yacht is to be joined by a second Royal Yacht, The Bloodhound!

The racing yacht was once owned by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and is due into its new home in Edinburgh to become a tourist attraction.

The BBC website claims it has sailed into the Harbour already, but this shipping website is not showing it and I cannot see it from my windows or balcony.

The Bloodhound is a massive 63ft (19.2m) and will be berthed alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is well worth a visit if you haven't already done so.

The Bloodhound was built for US huntsman Isaac Bell in 1936, and was bought by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1962.

The 74 year old Bloodhound was sold to The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust earlier this year by Tony and Cindy McGrail, who have spent four years restoring it.

The sailing yacht has had numerous racing victories include the Morgan Cup in 1936, the North Sea Race in 1949 and 1951, and the Lyme Bay Race in 1959 and 1965.

So, come to Leith Harbour, shortly to be home to two former Royal Yacht's.

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