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59: Norge

The royal subjects of King Haakon VII collectively purchased the Royal Yacht Norge for their king’s 75th birthday. During WWII, the yacht served as an escort vessel and resumed her duties as royal yacht after a 1948 refit. In 1985, a fire that started during routine maintenance spared only the yacht’s hull and engine room. Norway’s then-Monarch King Olav had the yacht rebuilt.
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Norge (Ex-Philante)

LENGTH: 263ft. 3in. (80.25m)
SHIPYARD: Camper & Nicholsons, UK
YEAR: 1937

The royal subjects of King Haakon VII collectively purchased the Royal Yacht Norge for their king’s 75th birthday. During WWII, the yacht served as an escort vessel and resumed her duties as royal yacht after a 1948 refit. In 1985, a fire that started during routine maintenance spared only the yacht’s hull and engine room. Norway’s then-Monarch King Olav had the yacht rebuilt. In 2002, a division of Norwegian technology conglomerate Kongsberg upgraded the navigation system and installed an integrated bridge system and a removable outdoor console. According to a company press release, Norge has a gross tonnage of 1,628 and a maximum cruising speed of 16 knots. The complement of officers and crew is 54. Today, the Royal Yacht’s cruising season lasts from May to September with a varied schedule of official events in Norway and abroad. In the summer of 2007, Norge cruised in tandem with the Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog, the only two royal yachts remaining in Europe, to celebrate the 70th birthdays of Their Majesties the King and Queen and Norge herself. Twin 1760hp, eight-cylinder Bergen engines power the yacht that bears the Camper & Nicholsons’ yard signature. The yacht’s two raked masts and a tall stack are characteristic of yachts built in that era.

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