Danish royal yacht in harbour

The Danish royal yacht Dannebrog is in Lerwick harbour today as part of an unofficial visit.

The vessel was stopping of en route after a visit to Faroe where the Danish royal family had chosen to fly back. The vessel was the outer end of Victoria Pier which was cordoned off for the visit of  the cruise ship Marco Polo.

The handsome, 78m long, steel-hulled yacht is no stranger to Lerwick, having made several visits in recent years. Built in 1932, Dannebrog serves as the official and private residence for the royal couple and other members of the royal family when they are on official visits overseas or on summer cruises in home waters. The royal yacht also takes part in surveillance and sea rescue operations when at sea.

The ship has a clipper bow and an elliptic stern. Seen from the outside, the royal yacht can be divided into two sections. In front of the funnel, there is space for crew accommodations, cargo and the engine. At the rear is the royal compartment, which could accommodate patients if the vessel is ever used in its role as a hospital ship.

Dannebrog was scheduled to leave port again tonight, with the Marco Polo sailing at 4pm.


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  • Jimmy Smith.

    • June 18th, 2016 19:06

    Interesting item about the Danish Royal Yacht. Take a closer look at the spelling. The R comes before the O. The ship’s name is DANNEBROG.

    • John M Scott

      • June 21st, 2016 0:35

      Dannebrog is the correct spelling. The Dannebrog is the Danish name for their flag, which is the oldest continuously used national flag in the world.


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