Belem

Class : A

Rig : Barque 3

Heights : 34.00 m

Lengh of hull : 58.00 m

Nationality : France

Year built : 1896

Home Port : Brest

Having begun life as a cargo ship transporting sugar from the West Indies as well as cocoa and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes in France, the tall ship Belem is now over 120 years old, with a history that also includes becoming a private yacht for Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster (who renamed her Fantome II) and even sailing the seven seas under ownership of beer baron Sir Arthur Ernest Guinness.

Today, it has been converted to cabotage, offers initiation and discovery courses for enthusiasts, offers training to the French Navy and appears in large gatherings of old traditional tall ships.

Belem has been classified as a historic monument since February 27, 1984.

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