Tall Ships Network has announced that Belem will be open to the public when she visits Port-Vendres in 2018.
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. Her history has many highlights. In 1914 she was bought to become a private yacht for Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster (who renamed her Fantôme II) and in 1922 she was bought by the beer baron Sir Arthur Ernest Guinness who at the time was Commodore of he Royal St. George Yacht Club in Kingstown, Ireland. Less than a year after his purchase, Sir Author took Belem on a seven seas voyage around the ...Read More
Belem Visits Port-Vendres takes place between October 20, 2018 and October 21, 2018
A fantastic opportunity to tour the 120 year old tall ship Belem in Port-Vendres, France. Launched in 1896, Belem began 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. Highlights in her history include ownership by Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, and the beer baron Sir Author Ernest Guinness as well as a number of narrow escapes from disaster, including the eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902 because the harbour had, by ...Read More