A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht 2
Lot 384W
A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht
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Sold for £17,500 (US$ 27,187) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht 2 A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht 2 A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht 2 A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht 2
A fine shipbuilders model of K/S Norge, ex. SY Philante 1937, the Norwegian Royal Yacht
Commissioned from Bassett-Lowke Ltd. following her refit in 1947. Hull of solid timber, painted white to the waterline with brass edged portlights and windows, and accommodation ladders slung outboard on both sides. Maroon below, with a broad blue boot top and twin, four blade brass propellers. Timber decks with inscribed plank lines in Indian ink. White superstructure with buff funnel and open bridge, with wheel binnacle and wing telegraphs. Fine metal detailing includes anchors, cable and windlass, ventilators, cargo derrick, radar and searchlight, guard rails and stanchions, ship's boats and launches on davits. Mounted on silvered posts in a glazed mahogany display case and bearing a brass plaque inscribed SY Philante built by Camper and Nicholson 1937 for Sir Thomas Sopwith Draft 15ft6in Length 263ft Displacement 1,600tons Beam 38ft. Royal Yacht Norge Camper and Nicholson refit 1947/8 for King Haakon of Norway. The model 65ins.(165cm)long. Also included is a framed telegram from King Haakon to Charles Nicholson, "Thank you and all your hands for excellent work refitting Norge for her new purpose" 77x20x60ins.(196x51x153cm) 2

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    George Nicholson, Camper and Nicholsons.

    The SY Philante was commissioned by Sir Thomas Sopwith, Yachtsman and Aircraft manufacturer, from Charles Nicholson, the designer of his America's Cup yachts Endeavour l&ll, in 1934. She was built by Camper and Nicholson at Gosport and launched in 1937, named from a combination of his wife's Phyl(lis) an(d) T(homas). Aside from a pleasure yacht, she also served as tender to Endeavour ll, which challenged for the Cup that year.

    At the outbreak of WW2, she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and went to serve as a Convoy Escort, renamed HMS Phylante. Latterly, she was based in Northern Ireland at the Western Approaches Combined Services Anti-Submarine training centre, where she acted as a "convoy" being hunted by two elderly submarines. At this stage, she was also the flagship of CinC Western Approaches, Admiral Max Horton. Her last official duty was to receive the surrender of German U Boats in Loch Eribol as part of the 21st Escort Group.

    Returned to Sir Thomas Sopwith after the war in 1946, she was sold by him a year later to the Norwegian Government and underwent a substantial refit before passing to King Haakon Vll in 1948.

    Royal Yacht.
    When Prince Carl of Denmark acceded to the Norwegian throne as King Haarkon Vll in 1905, he was promised a Royal Yacht, in line with most European Monarchs. However, economic problems and WW1 intervened to prevent this actually taking place. Following the end of WW2, a nation-wide appeal was launched to finally purchase a yacht for the elderly King, held in huge respect for his resistance to Nazi Germany and attention focused on Sopwith's yacht, which was purchased for him in 1947. A model was commissioned, which was finished in time to be presented to the King for his 75th birthday, and the refitted vessel, now renamed Norge (Norway) sailed to Scandinavia in 1948. Taken over by King Olav after King Haakon's death in 1957, she underwent a 10 year refitting programme and was extensively used for State and pleasure purposes by the Royal Family. A serious fire in 1985 occasioned a further extensive refit. Now owned by King Harald, Norge is still fully employed on Royal duties. She is one of only three European Royal Yachts still in commission (the others belonging Denmark and Holland).

    This fine model is one of three commissioned from Bassett-Lowke in 1947. One was given to Sir Thomas Sopwith, another was passed to King Haakon as a birthday present and this model, which was retained by Camper and Nicholson.
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