1843 Royal Yacht Launched

The Dockyard was commissioned to build a new Royal Yacht for Queen Victoria. The twin-paddle yacht Victoria and Albert was launched on 26 April 1843. Designed by William Symonds, the yacht carried two guns and was the first Royal Yacht to be steam-powered. The Victoria and Albert served as the Royal Yacht until she was replaced by a new model, the Victoria and Albert II, also built at Pembroke Dockyard, in 1855. The first Victoria and Albert was renamed as the Osborne and continued in naval service until she was eventually scrapped in about 1868.