Royal Yachts by Major Alan
Using his personal ship Mora William Duke of Normandy invaded Britain with a fl eet of similar ships. It was the fi rst of a long line of ships with Royal associations. The word 'yacht' did not come into British usage until the seventeenth century it being a Dutch word. King Charles II while in exile in the Netherlands spent much time sailing statenyachts and had one brought to England when he was crowned. This 100-ton vessel with its gold decoration was the fi rst proper British royal yacht and started a long line of eighty-three different vessels that fi nished with the Royal Yacht Britannia which is now moored at Leith as a fl oating museum.