The KS Norge was built by Camper & Nicholson in 1937. She is designed by Charles E. Nicholson.
The yacht is powered by Bergen engines. Her max speed is 17 knots. She has a range of more than 3000 nm.
The yacht can accommodate 14 guests and a crew of 54.
Built as Philante
KS Norge was built as Philante in 1937 by Camper and Nicholsons for Sir Thomas Sopwith. Thomas Sopwith also owned the famous J-class yachts, Endeavour (1934) and Endeavour II (1937).
Thomas Sopwith was the founder of The Sopwith Aviation Company and later also founded Hawker Aircraft. At delivery Philante was one of the world’s largest yachts.
During the Second World War the yacht Philante was used as a convoy escort vessel . After the war it was returned to Thomas Sopwith, who sold the yacht to Norway.
The yacht’s owner is King Harald of Norway.
Norge means Norway
The ship’s name Norge is Norwegian for ´Norway´.
The yacht is maintained and manned by a crew of 54, supplied by the Royal Norwegian Navy, but she is owned by the King.
A gift to King Haakon
The yacht Norge was given by the Norwegian people to King Haakon VII in 1947. King Haakon used his yacht extensively upon his death in 1957.
His son King Olaf adopted a 10-year plan to upgrade the hull and technical equipment.
Next to Norge there is the Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog, while the former Queen Beatrix (now Princess Beatrix) of the Netherlands owns the small sailing yacht ‘De Groene Draeck’ (the Green Dragon). King Juan Carlos of Spain gave up his luxury yacht Fortuna in 2013 as a reaction on the Spanish economic crisis.
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The boat is not available for yacht charter. And the yacht is not listed for sale.
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