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Al Said

Al Said, Muscat
Al Said in Palermo
Al Said yacht

Yacht name: Al Said
Length: 508 ft • 155 m
Year: 2007
Builder: Lürssen • # 13644
Design: Espen Øino

Photo: NP • Muscat • December 2008
Photo: The Storm • Palermo • August 2008
Photo: GG • Bremen • September 2007

2009: Some good new photos from NP showing Al Said in her home setting in Muscat, Oman.

Al Said, ex Project Sunflower, is the massive new build from Lürssen, launched in 2007, for Sultan Sayyed Qabus bin Said as Said of Oman, a.k.a. Sultan Qaboos bin Said. At 155 m in length she comes straight in at number two in the list of the world's largest yachts.
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Leander G

Leander
Leander

Yacht name: Leander
Length: 246 ft • 75 m
Year: 1992
Builder: Peene-Werft

Photo: monacoeye • Antibes • August 2008
Photo: monacoeye • South of France • 14 June 2006

March 2008: The Telegraph reports today that Prince Charles and Camilla have hired Leander, from owner Sir Donald Gosling, for a four week tour of the Caribbean, in March.

They negotiated a reduced rate from the usual £40,000 a day fee. Among their list of destinations is volcano-stricken Montserrat. Sir Donald Gosling is the NCP car park tycoon.

According to the Telegraph, the Duchess of Cornwall has also holidayed on Leander in the South of France. They also mention that Leander was named after the warship Sir Donald served on.

This will be the first official UK royal use of a yacht, since the decomissioning of Britannia - which didn't even have a swimming pool - in 1997. Clarence House says by using Leander they will dramatically reduce costs and emissions from a typical tour of the islands.

Leander is currently in Falmouth Harbour in Antigua.
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Al Mirqab

Al Mirqab in Monaco at night
Al Mirqab arrives in Monte Carlo
Al Mirqab Norway
Al Mirqab sea trials
Al Mirqab yacht

Yacht name: Al Mirqab
Length: 436 ft • 133 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Peters Schiffbau • # 681
Architect: Kusch Yachts
Stylist: Tim Heywood
Interior: Andrew Winch

Photo monacoeye • Monaco • 18 August 2008
Photo Mark Wotherspoon • Kristiansand, Norway • 18 July 2008
Photos Jannick Bruhns • Wewelsfleth • April - June 2008
Photo Werner Fähland • Heligoland • May 2008

18 August 2008: Al Mirqab pulls in to Port Hercule… Here's a high res photo

20 July 2008: Another super shot of Al Mirqab, this time in Kristiansand in Norway, sent in by Mark. We are very impressed by the Nokia N95 5 megapixel image quality!

16 June 2008: Nice new photo of Al Mirqab from Werner in the Heligoland.

27 April 2008: nice new photos of Al Mirqab from PB.

The new Al Mirqab, formerly known as Project May, was launched at the Wewelsfleth yard in April. It's one of the largest yachts ever built. Seems to borrow much of the exterior styling from Carinthia VII.

Al Mirqab Helgoland
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Tueq

Tueq yacht
Tueq
Tueq

Yacht name: Tueq
Length: 255 ft • 78 m (originally 235 ft • 72 m)
Year: 2002
Builder: GNS
Architect: De Voogt

Photo NT • July 2008 • Monaco
Photo monacoeye • Monaco • 13 July 2007
Photo monacoeye • Cannes • 8 August 2006

July 2007: Tueq, reportedly owned by Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia, has just come back from Greece where she was extended across all decks at the stern…
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Sarafsa

Sarafsa
Sarafsa
Devonport Project 54

Yacht name: Sarafsa
Length: 269 ft • 82 m
Year: 2008
Builder: Devonport Yachts • # 54
Design: Andrew Winch

Photo Peter Powell • Polperro, Cornwall • 8 May 2008
Photo Tom Walker • Plymouth Sound • 4 May 2008
Photo monacoeye • Monaco Yacht Show 2006

8 May Update: Peter has sent in some very nice photos (top) of Sarafsa's sea trials, further along the coast off Looe & Polperro…
5 May Update: Tom has just sent in this rare glimpse of Sarafsa on sea trials in Plymouth Sound on Sunday!

Project 54 has been launched with the name Sarafsa. The old Amels Sarafsa has been sold and renamed Faribana V.

Video below from Mike:



From previous comments, Sarafsa is owned by Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud, of Saudi Arabia, and named after his only daughter Sara Fahed Sultan Al Saud (Sara F S A).
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Dannebrog

Dannebrog
Dannebrog Queen Margrethe II
Dannebrog
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Dannebrog

Yacht name: Dannebrog
Length: 248 ft • 76 m
Year: 1931 • Refit: 1980
Builder: Denmark Royal Dockyard

Photos Niels Hartmann • Copenhagen • 25 April 2008
Photo Dainis Kivlenieks • Copenhagen • 4 August 2000

Niels has sent in a nice set of photos of Queen Margrethe boarding Dannebrog, the Danish royal yacht, in Copenhagen.

Dannebrog usually heads off every summer for a cruise, sometimes with the Norwegian royal yacht Norge. In 2006, she visited Greece and Malta. Along with her 58 crew, she can carry 27 royals and 14 guests.
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Montkaj

Montkaj
Montkaj
Montkaj

Yacht name: Montkaj
Length: 256 ft • 78 m
Year: 1995
Builder: Amels • # 429
Design: Terence Disdale

Photo monacoeye • 1 May 2008 • Antibes
Photo monacoeye • May 2007 • Monaco

Nice top shot of Montkaj taken this morning in Antibes, with snow-capped Alps behind…
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Fulk al Salamah

Fulk al Salamah

Yacht name: Fulk al Salamah
Length: 447 ft • 136 m
Year: 1987
Builder: Bremer Vulkan (now Lürssen)
Gross Tonnage: approx 10,000 GT
Owner: Sultan Sayyed Qabus bin Said as Said of Oman (Sultan Qaboos bin Said)

Photo: Pam Massey • Muscat • December 2006

Fulk al Salamah is an amphibious transport and logistics ship, assigned to Al Said and the Omani Royal Yacht Squadron
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Hirondelle II

Hirondelle II - Prince Albert's yacht

Yacht name: Hirondelle II
Length: 269 ft • 82 m
Year: 1911
Builder: La Seyne, Toulon
Photo location: Monaco
Power: 2200 hp twin screw
Speed: 15 knots
Owner: Prince Albert I, Albert Grimaldi of Monaco (1848 - 1922)

Hirondelle II was Albert's fourth and final explorer ship which he had built in 1911. His fastest and largest ship, it was even equipped with wireless telegraph. Whenever the Prince spent time in Monaco during WWI he stayed on board the yacht in the harbour! After the war, the ship stayed in Monaco to the Prince's death in 1922.

Photo credit: By kind permission of NOAA Rice Library of the NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Image ID: ship4641, NOAA Ship Collection. The HIRONDELLE II. Plate III, figure 13. In: "Results of the Scientific Campaigns of the Prince of Monaco." Vol. 84.
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Princesse Alice II

Princesse Alice II - Prince Albert's yacht

Yacht name: Princesse Alice II
Builder: Laird, Birkenhead
Year: 1897
Length: 207 ft • 63 m
Photo location: Monaco
Owner: Prince Albert I of Monaco

Princesse Alice II was Prince Albert's third ship, which he sailed to the Arctic on scientific expeditions.

Photo credit: By kind permission of NOAA Rice Library of the NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Image ID: ship4639, NOAA Ship Collection. The Princess Alice II. Plate III, figure 10. In: "Results of the Scientific Campaigns of the Prince of Monaco." Vol. 84.
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Princesse Alice

Princess Alice
Princesse Alice - Prince Albert's yacht

Yacht name: Princesse Alice
Length: 174 ft • 53 m
Builder: R & H Green, Blackwall
Year: 1891
Owner: Prince Albert I

Princesse Alice was the Prince's second ship which he had built in 1891, after the death of his father in 1889.

Photo credit: By kind permission of NOAA Rice Library of the NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Image ID: ship4640, NOAA Ship Collection. The PRINCESS ALICE. Plate III, figure 11. In: "Results of the Scientific Campaigns of the Prince of Monaco." Vol. 84.
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Hirondelle

Hirondelle
Hirondelle - Prince Albert's yacht

Yacht name: Hirondelle
Length: 32 m • 104 ft
Year: 1862
Builder: Camper & Nicholsons, Gosport
Owner: Prince Albert I, Albert Grimaldi of Monaco (1848 - 1922)

The Hirondelle was Prince Albert's first serious yacht (he had previously owned a small cutter Isabelle II). In 1875, he converted Hirondelle from pleasure yacht to explorer yacht with on-board lab to examine specimens and map the sea floor. Thus started his life-long passion for oceanography…

Photo credit: By kind permission of NOAA Rice Library of the NOAA Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. Image ID: ship4638, NOAA Ship Collection. The HIRONDELLE. Plate III, figure 6. In: "Results of the Scientific Campaigns of the Prince of Monaco." Vol. 84.

NOAA have kindly permitted monacoeye.com to show photos of the four great explorer ships sailed by Prince Albert at the turn of the century, reproduced from their archives. Many thanks!

The model photos were taken in the Oceanographic Museum.
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Alwaeli

Alwaeli

Yacht name: Alwaeli
Formerly: Awal II
Length: 223 ft • 67 m
Year: 1990
Builder: CRN
Stylist: Terence Disdale

Photo: Monaco • 22 August 2006

This is a Bahraini royal yacht with the Bahraini coat of arms on the side.
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