Belem French Training Ship At  Lyme.Dorset.UK  by lynn carter

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taken around 8.15am making the most of this lovely French training ship, pity it was leaving us today
Belem is a three-masted barque from France.
She was originally a cargo ship, transporting sugar from the West Indies, cocoa, and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes, France. By chance she escaped the eruption of the Mount Pelée in Saint-Pierre de la Martinique on 8 May 1902. All Saint Pierre roads were full of vessels, no place to anchor the ship. Captain Julien Chauvelon angrily decided to anchor some miles further on in a beach – sheltered from the exploding volcano.
She was sold in 1914 to Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, who converted her to his private luxurious pleasure yacht, complete with two auxiliary Bolinder Diesel engines 300 HP each.
In 1922 she became the property of the beer baron Sir Arthur Ernest Guinness, who renamed her the Fantôme II (French spelling) and revised the rig from a square rigger. Hon. A.E. Guinness was Rear Commodore of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, in Kingstown, Ireland from 1921-1939. He was Vice Commodore from 1940- 1948. Hon. A.E. Guinness took the Fântome II on a great cruise in 1923 with his daughters Aileen, Maureen, and Oonagh. They sailed the seven seas in making a travel round the world via the Panama and Suez Canals including a visit to Spitsbergen. During her approach to Yokohama harbour while sailing the Pacific Ocean the barque managed to escape another catastrophe – an earthquake which destroyed the harbour and parts of Yokohama city. Hon. Arthur E. Guinness died in 1949. The ‘Fantome’ was moored in the roads of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
In 1951 she was sold to the Venezian count Vittorio Cini, who named her the Giorgio Cini after his son, who had died in a plane crash near Cannes on 31 August 1949 . She was rigged to a barkentine and used as a sail training ship until 1965, when she was considered too old for further use and was moored at the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
In 1972 the Italian carabinieri attempted to restore her to the original barque rig. When this proved too expensive, she became the property of the shipyard. In 1976 the ship was re-rigged to a barque.
Finally, in January 1979, she came back to her home port as the Belem under tow by a French seagoing tug, flying the French flag after 65 years. Fully restored to her original condition, she began a new career as a sail training ship.

featured in Nautical 2013-05-26
featured in the World as we see it or as we missed it 2013-05-26

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    What a beautiful ship and amazing capture! Your composition is excellent and the gull in the foreground adds the finishing touch! Love it!

  • thank you Angie, it was great to see it xx

    – lynn carter

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    AHA that is why you were up so early ! Great shot

  • that,s right lol xx

    – lynn carter

  • trish725
    trish725over 1 year ago

    She’s a beauty!

  • yes pity there wasn’t a fleet of them xx

    – lynn carter

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture Lynn. Good silhouetted view of Portland behind. It is still in the bay so may be back later. xx

  • thanks Richard, someone said it’s on it’s way back to france xx

    – lynn carter

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 1 year ago

    Great capture Sis ~ we took a lot of this one … wish they’d set the sails whilst we were there :) xxxx

  • yes pity xxxxx

    – lynn carter

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago


  • thank you so much Gena xx

    – lynn carter

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 1 year ago

    It’s not due back in (OUISTREHAM) port till 1900hrs tomorrow so it may be back in Lyme later. It is still in the bay and it’s current position is approx 12Km west of Portland. xx

  • Now how do you know all that Richard? lol x

    – lynn carter

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 1 year ago

    My apologies Lynn. It looks like it is heading home early. It has a good wind but getting stronger tomorrow, so that is probably why. Hope you didnt venture down to the harbour again in hope of getting another pic. LOL. xx

  • no we didn’t, l looked from our gardens though , oh well great while it lasted xx

    – lynn carter

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 1 year ago

    Outstanding and I love it my friend:)
    Take care,

  • thank you Sunny xx

    – lynn carter

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture Lynn, what a beautiful ship!

  • thank you Thea xx

    – lynn carter

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