The yacht KS Norge was built by Camper & Nicholson in 1937. She is designed by Charles E. Nicholson.
The motor yacht is powered by Bergen engines. Her max speed is 17 knots. Her cruising speed is 14 knots. She has a range of more than 3000 nm.
The luxury 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.
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
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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