BEL ESPOIR II FACTS
Bel Espoir II is a three-masted topsail schooner, and was listed on the French Historical Monuments register in 1993. The ship is owned by l'association Amis de Jeudi-Dimanche (AJD), an organisation that runs a number of programs to help troubled youth. The ship has taken part in a number of Tall ships races. The ship has a crew of 9 and can carry an additional 27 students in cabins with two, three or four beds.
Bel Espoir II sails off the west coast of France in the summer, and often sails to the Caribbean in winter. She is based in Brest, France.
Bel Espoir II was built in 1944 at the J. Ring Andersen Werft in Svendborg, Denmark. She was originally launched as Net S and sailed as a fishing boat. It was renamed Peder Most in 1950 and used for transporting livestock. In 1955 she was bought by the British organisation, Outward Bound Trust, and converted to a training schooner. From 1965 it was a training ship named Prince Louis II. She was bought by "l’association Amis de Jeudi Dimanche" (friends of Thursday-Sunday) in 1968 and renamed Bel Espoir II. The organisation runs a number of programs to help troubled youth.
|Operator:||Association Amis de Jeudi Dimanche|
|Built by:||J. Ring Andersen Werft, Svendborg, Denmark|
|Length:||38.5 m (overall)|