Supporters and ‘Friends of Britannia’ gathered for a small reception to launch K1 Britannia’s flagship shop, which has opened in the High Street, Cowes. More such events are planned throughout the summer and the space will be available for visiting yachtsmen (and women).
The shop is a both a museum devoted to the original Britannia and a showcase for the K1 Britannia Project to build an exact replica of her, along with a nautical antique market, an art gallery for marine art and a fundraising centre for the prestigious project, which will benefit charities worldwide.
Currently at Venture Quays in East Cowes, the hull of the replica of HMS yacht Britannia, so loved by her former owners King Edward VII and King George V, will shortly be moved across the Solent to a quay in the Portsmouth area.
“The location we are moving her to is just perfect for our plans and this shop will keep our presence in Cowes. Britannia’s home will be in Cowes when she is completed,” said K1 Director Scott Ward.
“The shop is intended to be open for the next three years and it will be uses as a flagship for the whole project: a base for giving out information and inviting people to give to the project. We need to raise a certain amount of money towards the build and we will be telling people how they can get involved,” added Scott.
Vistors to the shop will be able to see objects from the original Britannia that have been donated and loaned to the project.
The shop is now open at 16a High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight.