Albatross speed boat, c1960
Accession number 1989.49.1
The Mark II Albatross is an aluminium speed boat built by Albatross Marine Ltd of Great Yarmouth. The stylish and speedy leisure craft was popular among the 1960s jet set.
400 of the four-seater boats were produced between 1959 and 1966. The majority were exported to Europe, with a few being sold in the USA. The company had a salesman in the Mediterranean who worked from a 100ft yacht, and buyers included Brigitte Bardot, Prince Ranier, Aristotle Onassis and the Rothschild family, as well as Jon Pertwee and George Formby. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was also presented with a Mark II Albatross which was kept onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and painted in the yacht's colours.
Merseyside Maritime Museum's Mark II Albatross is currently on loan to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, and is part of their Flotilla display.