Britannia returns to its moorings

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THE Royal Yacht Britannia has returned to its mooring at Ocean Terminal in Leith, Edinburgh, after being in dry dock for maintenance and repainting.

Backers of a new national flagship – envisaged as being used for trade events and for training youngsters – are to launch a public appeal for funds after it was decided not to seek government money.

The charity behind the £80 million initiative, Future Ship Project 21st Century, has said it will seek public subscriptions and corporate sponsors.

Earlier this week, a Downing Street spokesman said no state funding would be provided for the project.