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Hampshire Telegraph 27 August 1887

REF NR: 1167

Hampshire Telegraph – 27 August 1887

SMUGGLING ON BOARD THE ROYAL YACHT. The Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert, has long borne the reputation, whether justly or unjustly we do not pretend to say, of being a noted smuggler, in fact almost as black a sheep as the notorious old Dasher, whose generally shady character was a by word throughout the service.

"As our readers are aware, the yacht has been lying in Cowes Roads during the stay of Her Majesty at Osborne, and on Tuesday evening some of the crew, who, by the way, are men of impeachable character, landed at Cowes with the innocent object of taking the steamer for Portsmouth, to pass the night within the peaceful havens of their homes."