Short trip gives Britannia a spot of bother

The Royal Yacht Britannia steamed 1,087,623 miles and weathered almost every sea condition imaginable during the 44 years the Queen sailed in her. But she was almost undone yesterday on a journey just a few hundred yards long.

The vessel, now a tourist attraction in Port of Leith, Edinburgh, began taking on water and listing as she was unmoored ready to travel to a neighbouring dry dock for painting. Fire crews were called to pump the water out before she could be taken in tow by a tug to the Imperial Dry Dock.