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Hi all

 

Is there anyone who can put a name to this ship?

Sorry about the reflection, the print is behind glass.

 

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Thank you!

 

Cheers

Pieter

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Hi Mark

 

Yup, quite an interesting history.

Built in Nantes, France. Launched 1896, originally a cargo ship mainly used to transport cocoa and coffee from the West Indies and Brazil to Nantes until 1914. Then bought by the Duke of Westminster and converted to his private pleasure yacht, equipped with two diesel engines. 1922 bought by a member of the Guinness family who renamed her Fantôme II. 1951 sold to a Venezian count, used as a sail training ship until 1965. Considered too old for further use and moored somewhere near Venice. 1979 a group of French banks bought her back and she was towed to Nantes to be restored. She's a training ship now and visits all the major sailing events. Belem is the oldest French surviving three master with a steel hull and one of the oldest three European three mast barques. Since 1984 she is classified as a historical monument.

 

I bought two prints at a brocante yesterday, one is the pic above, the other one is from the inside, I'll post a pic later. I immediately liked the prints and the price (8 € framed) but didn't know anything about the ship. The history even makes her nicer ;o)

AL has a model of her that looks quite nice and I have her on my list ...

 

Cheers

 

Pieter

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