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2009-10-15 18:11:31
Thank you very much! This is by far the best picture I have seen of the Belem. She was constructed in Nantes, France, in 1896. Originally a cargo ship, she transported sugar from the West Indies, and cocoa & coffee from Brazil and French Guiana. In 1914, she was sold to Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, who converted her to a private pleasure yacht. In 1922, she was bought by the beer baron Sir Arthur Guinness who renamed her Fantôme II, and then in 1951 she became the property of the Venetian count Vittorio Cini who named her after his dead son, Giorgio Cini. Finally, in January 1979, she came back to her home port of Nantes as the Belem, flying the French flag after 65 years. Fully restored to her original condition, she began a new career as a sail training ship.