‘Ahoy there’ - Magnificent tall ship spotted off Norfolk coast
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It may not be Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean films, but it's attracted plenty of interest off the Norfolk coast.
The French ship Belem was moored off the Cromer coast yesterday and left this morning.
Dave 'Hubba' Roberts, who lives in Cromer, took pictures of it yesterday, when the sea was choppy, and overnight, when the ship's lights were on.
He said: "It's gone today. I think it was moored off Cromer for shelter, because of the strong winds. I don't know how it came to Cromer, but I've been told that it's now gone down to the River Thames in London for some kind of tall ships rally."
The boat's arrival attracted a lot of comment on social media.
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One woman said: "Belem used to belong to the Guinness family as my nan used to work for them when she was a young woman. It was formerly known as Fantome. So wish I had of known it was going to be in Norfolk as I would have loved to have seen it. Does anyone know where it's heading and the route?"
According to the internet, Belem is a three-masted barque from France, named after Belém in Brazil.
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It was built by Chantiers Dubigeon, Nantes (Chantenay-sur-Loire) and was launched on June 10, 1896
Her maiden voyage was on July 31, 1896 to Montevideo and Belém, Brasil.
The ship weighs 406 tons and is 51m long.