Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Bel Espoir II"
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Technical data of the sailing ship:
|Name:||Bel Espoir II|
|Ex-names:||Nette S., Anette S., Peder Most, Prince Louis II|
|Type of rigging:||3-MAST-TOPPSEGELSCHONER|
|Yard:||J. Ring Andersen Werft, Svendborg, DK|
|Overall length:||37.20 m|
|Length (hull):||29.30 m|
|Sail area:||545 m2|
|Ship's hull:||Holz / Wood|
Portrait of the sailing ship:
Last update: 27 Feb 2021
- built as a three-masted schooner with a fore-yard at the Danish shipyard J.Ring Andersen in 1944 on order of the shipping company A.C. Sorensen to sail the Baltic Sea and Newfoundland routes, first name was "Nette S".
- used for fishing off the Greenland coast from 1950 under the name "Peder Most", and as a cattle transporter between Hamburg, GER and Copenhagen, DK from 1954.
- refitted by the British Outward Bound Trust in 1955 and handed over to the Moray Sea School as a training vessel for 24 trainees, since 1965 under new name "Prince Louis II".
- since 1968 she has been used by the "Les amis de Jeudi-Dimanche" organization for the rehabilitation of young offenders and drug addicts, renamed the "Bel Espoir II".
- she usually sails the Caribbean during winter time and the west coast of France in the summer months
- took part sailing events like the 1985 Sail Amsterdam, the 1986 Operation Sail in New York, Hanse Sail Rostock 2003, Brest 2004, Brest 2008 and Brest 2016.
- since February 2017 no longer seaworthy due to structural problems on the hull, the operating association is working on a project for a replacement ship made of steel where recycable equipment of the old ship is reused for the new one
Contact:Website (français, 27 Feb 2021):
Bel Espoir II: website of the vessel with information about the operator and the ship, photos, contact address
Literature for further reading:
We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
Page: 119 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
Beken of Cowes, Eric C. Abranson
"Segelschiffe der Welt"
Edition Maritim 1995 ISBN: 3-89225-314-5
(engl. Originalausgabe: "Sailing Ships of the World", 1992, Thomas Reed Publications Ltd.)
Page: 46 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
"Unter Segeln, die grossen Windjammer auf den Weltmeeren"
Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1994 ISBN: 3-7822-0605-3
(ital. Originalausgabe: "La nave a vela")
Page: 81 Source with picture
"Sail to Adventure"
ISBN: 0 948337 05 2
Page: 45 Source with picture Source with history Quelle with contact
Ein interaktives Informationssystem auf CD-ROM 1998
(2. überarbeitete Auflage)
Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact
Ollivier Puget, Jean-Noël Darde
"Partir sur les Grand Voiliers - Le guide pour embarquer"
Guides Balland 2000 ISBN: 2-7158-1277-9
Page: 194 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data Quelle with contact
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 134 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
"Hanse Sail Rostock - Wo man sich begegnet"
Hanse Sail Verein Rostock e.V. 2005
Page: 48 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data