Nevertheless, where the UK economy has often performed best is in the manufacture of luxury and prestige items. Remember the plush vehicles, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Range Rovers, driven ashore after the Hoegh Osaka was salvaged from the Bramble Bank in the Solent? Well here is another UK export which has been surviving well if not thriving: motor yachts.
They are being lifted aboard the Mitiq 8,448,’95 at Southampton for the Mediterranean. She was next headed for Gibraltar, Palma and Genoa before returning via Malta. Reportedly owned by Nunavut Eastern Arctic Co of Montreal, she was previously the Dutch owned Emmagracht. Now, strangely for a ship on Med service, she bears an apparently Innuit name.
The cargo of the German owned chemical tanker Rossini 2,195,’98 seen moored in Stokes Bay, The Solent, alongside the nuclear carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was perhaps not so prestigious though definitely essential as she, I understand, was there to collect the carrier’s effluent. When it is considered she has a crew of around 5,000, just how essential that is can be imagined.