Queen & Commonwealth
 
Model of the SS <em>Gothic</em>
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RCIN 94860

Model of the SS Gothic

1953

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SS Gothic was a Corinthic class passenger liner built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend and launched in 1947. She was refitted by Camell Laird and used as the Royal Yacht during part of the Commonwealth World Tour in 1954.

Months of meticulous planning were needed to coordinate the logistics for the tour, from the detailed itineraries for each country visited and the daily programme of events, to the accommodation of the royal party in many locations along the length of the tour route and the shipment of baggage between cities. An estimated eight tons of baggage was embarked aboard the Gothic; the official party, accommodated on board, consisted of two ladies-in-waiting, three private secretaries, a press secretary, an acting Master of the Household, two equerries, twenty officials and staff, seventy-two naval staff, nine members of the press and a band of the Royal Marines.