A Princely Past

September 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

From Malaga Hoy

WHEN it comes to large yachts, almost always comes to mind the image of one of these modern vessels, in most cases, is accompanied by the name of a character of international importance.

On Wednesday May 16, 1956, the yacht Deo Juvante II arrived at the yacht port of Malaga. On board, were the newlyweds Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, making a part of what was his honeymoon trip.

And although on this story may have many interesting, perhaps, one of the most prominent is referred to the yacht, a boat that is still operational today keeping the memory of that trip princely newlyweds.

Built in the UK in 1928 on behalf of a British aristocrat, the yacht began its life at sea named Monica. During the Second World War, the English navy, following it up, and rename it as HMS Noir, used it as anti-submarine patrol vessel, carrying out several successful military actions against German submersible off the coast of the British Isles.

After being returned in 1947 to its original owner, the yacht, properly restored, was taken over by Aristotle Onassis, which, delivered to the Princes of Monaco boat as a wedding gift.  After spending several years as a royal yacht named Deo Juvante II, the ship began an erratic career with various owners and names. In 2006, a company dedicated to cruises in the Galapagos Islands was in charge of the boat. Since then, under the name of Grace, this yacht offers exclusive cruises publicizing its princely past.


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