The Queen's Yacht but not in Queenstown?

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Where: 5 Harbour Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Co. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Ireland

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The Queens Yacht at anchor (it is affixed to a buoy which means that it is moored not anchored) with what looks like its twin in the background. As Queenstown was the name given to Cobh in Co. Cork and this looks nothing like Cobh it is safe to say that this is not Queenstown! This lovely, crisp Royal plate from the Lawrence collection shows the detail of the ship to perfection. What seems surprising is the number of small boats in close proximity, herself was not that fond of mixing with the peasants?

With confirmation that this is not Queenstown, and as derangedlemur notes, is actually/ironically Kingstown, we have mapped this image to the harbor at Dún Laoghaire. In terms of date, given that this "version" of the royal yacht was superseded by a newer vessel in 1901, it seems plausible that this image dates to a royal visit in 1900....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Very likely c.1900 (Royal visit)

NLI Ref: L_ROY_06471

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 26/Jan/2018 09:05:33

    Looks like the HMY Victoria and Albert II 1855 - 1904 There was an earlier yacht And a later one

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    • 26/Jan/2018 09:06:56

    How Ironic; They're in Kingstown!

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    • 26/Jan/2018 09:26:08

    The third (1899) V&A was commissioned in July 1901, which might be a latest date for this photo. Interesting Red Herring - there was a copy ship made in 1863 for the Egyptian Royals, and it is still going strong -

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    • 26/Jan/2018 09:38:26

    Flickr is sometimes amazing - in 1855 via [][]

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    • 26/Jan/2018 10:00:56

    Looks like Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown).

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    • 26/Jan/2018 10:04:08

    And a previous visit by the earlier HMY Victoria and Albert [I} in 1849 - []

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    • 26/Jan/2018 10:06:55

    I'd assume it was during Victoria's visit to Ireland in 1900. There's an album of photos here of the visit, including some of the yacht in Kingstown Harbour.

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    John Spooner

    • 26/Jan/2018 10:23:34

    [] beat me to it with the 1849 picture from the NLI's other (dormant) flickr account. The image we have of VR as being private and withdrawn is from her later years of her reign, most of which were spent in an extended period of mourning. The description of her antics in 1849 quoted in the comments under the 1849 picture surprised me when first I read it. e.g. "[she] ran along the deck with the sprightliness of a young girl, and with the agility of a sailor, ascended the paddle-box, which, as our readers are aware, is a tolerably high one, ..."

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    domenico milella

    • 27/Jan/2018 09:32:18

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album. Nice Week End.

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    Diaz De Vivar Gustavo

    • 27/Jan/2018 19:29:52

    very beautiful, a true wonder

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 02/Feb/2018 09:00:09

    Great composition