LENGTH (including bowsprit): 257ft. 3in. (78.45m)
SHIPYARD: Royal Dockyard, Denmark
The Royal Dockyard in Copenhagen launched this Danish royal yacht in 1931, the same year Savarona first cruised. She is, with Norge, one of two royal yachts remaining in Europe. She served as a hospital ship during World War II and can still be used as such in case of emergencies. But the elegant Dannebrog mostly serves as the official and private residence for the Queen of Denmark and family when they travel abroad in summertime. The general arrangement, bisected by the funnel, allocates the front area to crew, cargo and the engine, while the aft area comprises the Royal Apartment. Classic tenders ferry illustrious guests to and from shore, and arrival of the Royal family aboard is a ritual marking the arrival of springtime. Interiors contain furniture and fittings from the 1879 Royal paddle steamer that previously served as a Danish royal vessel. Twin 870-hp Alpha Diesel engines allowed the hull, built in riveted steel, to achieve a 3,600-nm range at 13.5 knots. Danneborg has sailed more than 300,000 miles as a royal yacht and an extensive refit in 1981, which included installation of the new Alpha engines, has enabled her to continue sailing into a new century now at the service of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.
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