The Royal Yacht Isabella of 1683: Identification and principal dimensions

By Kelvin Moneypenny & Dorin Paul Bucur, published November 2016


The Isabella of 1683 was the last yacht built for Charles II. Although in the past her name has been associated with several images, this yacht has never been fully identified. The process of identification will add detail to a suite of drawings made around 1696 by the seventeenth-century Venetian etcher Vincenzo Coronelli and to a painting by Jan Griffier from the early eighteenth century. An analysis of Isabella’s principal dimensions will cast some light on what is believed to be Charles II’s quest to build the ultimate ‘speed yacht’. Finally, a tentative lateral view based upon these dimensions is presented. This process not only identifies the Isabella of 1683 but also reveals her to now be potentially one of the best-documented Stuart yachts.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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