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Not sure if this is the correct place but i'll go ahead anyway.
Just been reading about the Yacht 'Halcyon' and her days at the School of Nav in Warsash. It brought back some memories. Does anyone recall the sailing ship that was attached to the Outward Bound School in Elgin, Scotland in the late 1950's. I recall the name was 'Prince Louis' and vaguely recall she might have been a wartime 'prize' from one of the Scandinavian countries.
Can anyone shed any light on the history of the 'Prince Louis' ?? I have a photo and one of these days when I figure out how to post it I will.
 

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Hi.

Here are a couple of articles from The Times on the Prince Louis (II), previously Peder Most.

Thu, 12 May 1955
News In Brief
Danish Schooner For Sea School
Peder Most, the famous Danish three-
masted schooner, has been bought by the
Outward Bound Trust, Ltd., for use as a
cadet ship. She is to be completely re-
equipped, and will be renamed Prince
Louis, by the Duke of Edinburgh at Glasgow
on June 30. The Duke is patron of the
trust.
The ship was sold to the trust by Mr.
A. E. Sorensen, a shipowner and ship-
builder, of Svendborg, Denmark. She will
be fitted out to take two watches of boys
and will be used by the Outward Bound
Moray Sea School, at Burgshead, Scotland.

Fri, 01 Jul 1955
Schooner Named By Duke
Boys' Training Courses
Glasgow, June 30
The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday flew
by helicopter to Glasgow to name the three-
masted schooner Prince Louis, which was
acquired recently by the Outward Bound
Trust for £11,500 from Danish owners.
The Prince Louis replaces another sailing
ship of the same name, in which the Duke
received instruction in seamanship while
attending Gordonstoun School. She will be
used as a training ship for boys attending
character-forming courses at the Moray Sea
School, Burghead.
The Duke was piped on board, welcomed
by the master, Captain H. W. Langbein, of
London, and with Marshal of the Royal
Air Force Lord Tedder, chairman of the
Outward Bound Trust, inspected the 36 boys
on board, many of whom had manned the
Prince Louis on her voyage to the Clyde from
the Moray Firth.
Afterwards the Duke attended a meeting
of the Outward Bound Trust on board the
Carrick, the headquarters of the R.N.V.R.
Club (Scotland), where he was presented
with a model of the Prince Louis by Mr.
A. E. Sorensen, the former Danish owner.


I think you are right, John, about Prince Louis becoming the Bel Espoir:

http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=125623&ran=245676
http://www.bel-espoir.com/navire/be

regards,
Martin
 

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In response to Jim MacIntyre the facts about the Prince Louis mentioned in the responses are all correct. In Fact I was her Chief Officer for a spell in the mid sixties on secondment from the RAF, to which I fled immediately I gained my Master's Cert.. ( Air Marshal Tedder was involved with the Outward Bound movement, and as I did a great deal of sailing in the RAF,I found myself "invited" into the job. The Capt was Cdr Victor Clerk, a famed submariner in the war who subsequently wrote a book about his cir***navigation in a sailboat named Solace. The Prince Louis was an unhandy ship, quite unsuited for the task, having been a Baltic timber carrier. The French bought her finally, and renamed her Bel Etoil, if I remember correctly. I saw her once again in the early seventies in French waters. She was berthed near Gordonston school in Burghead while working for the OB Trust. The school had two or three whalers, and I recall we smashed one of them up while crossing the Burghead bar in a heavy swell. John Beaton.
 

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Garibaldi

What happened to the Garibaldi cerca 1948 ?
Hi David,

The Garibaldi was laid up at Aberdovey when I was at the Outward Bound Sea school there in 1952. We had to pump bilges every day as she was leaking badly, I don't know what became of her. The training ship in use in those days at Aberdovey was the Warspite, a lovely ketch.

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Thanks Alec
I understand she was sold to a Caernarvon company for further trade but on passage sprang a leak and put into Pwllhelli were she became a wreck. She was a French fishing boat renamed Garibaldi in 1941, strange she should be thus named considering that we were at war with Italy at the time
Dave
 

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"Old Prince Louis" was replaced at Gordonstoun by the Pinta, a 56ton Yawl and the Soldian, a former sailing lifeboat (from Shetland?) Pinta was skippered by Lt. Cmdr Shaw RN Rtd and Soldian by Danny Main Hopeman Harbour Master - both taught seamanship and sailing on the cutters. Navigation and Maths was taught by Brian Davis (Davies?) ex B.I. officer - Gordonstoun was at the time recognised for its two year pre-sea training and scholarships were awarded by several Shipping Companies
 

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The old 'Prince Louis' was at Aberdyfi for a short period in the early 1950s, I can't remember exactly which year, I think she replaced the 'Warspite' briefly while she was away for a refit or something else. The 'Warspite' was replaced by the 'Golden .......?' around 1953/4, more of a large motor sailer than a sailing vessel of the graceful lines of the 'Warspite', she may have been a converted MFV or something similar. I think the 'Garibaldi' was still at Aberdyfi when I left in the mid 1950s. Bruce.
 

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The Brian Davies you mention was in B.I. at the same time as myself, I was always getting his B.I. club bills (brings back the memories)
 

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The old 'Prince Louis' was at Aberdyfi for a short period in the early 1950s, I can't remember exactly which year, I think she replaced the 'Warspite' briefly while she was away for a refit or something else. The 'Warspite' was replaced by the 'Golden .......?' around 1953/4, more of a large motor sailer than a sailing vessel of the graceful lines of the 'Warspite', she may have been a converted MFV or something similar. I think the 'Garibaldi' was still at Aberdyfi when I left in the mid 1950s. Bruce.
'Warspite' was replaced by the 'Golden .......?' My recollection is she was called Golden Valley when I did my OBSS course in 1956. I have posted a couple of photos I took on the course in the Gallery at http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/116404/ppuser/20641
 

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Thanks Alec
I understand she was sold to a Caernarvon company for further trade but on passage sprang a leak and put into Pwllhelli were she became a wreck. She was a French fishing boat renamed Garibaldi in 1941, strange she should be thus named considering that we were at war with Italy at the time
Dave
Yes David you'r right I was at school at Pwllheli 1954-55 when the Garibaldi was tied up in the harbour. She was there for a few years before they moved her to what we used to call the island on the other side of the harbour, she was sadly set on fire and that was the sad end of Garibaldi.
 

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In response to Jim MacIntyre the facts about the Prince Louis mentioned in the responses are all correct. In Fact I was her Chief Officer for a spell in the mid sixties on secondment from the RAF, to which I fled immediately I gained my Master's Cert.. ( Air Marshal Tedder was involved with the Outward Bound movement, and as I did a great deal of sailing in the RAF,I found myself "invited" into the job. The Capt was Cdr Victor Clerk, a famed submariner in the war who subsequently wrote a book about his cir***navigation in a sailboat named Solace. The Prince Louis was an unhandy ship, quite unsuited for the task, having been a Baltic timber carrier. The French bought her finally, and renamed her Bel Etoil, if I remember correctly. I saw her once again in the early seventies in French waters. She was berthed near Gordonston school in Burghead while working for the OB Trust. The school had two or three whalers, and I recall we smashed one of them up while crossing the Burghead bar in a heavy swell. John Beaton.

I was at Burhead in 1965 so I probably sailed with you then. If so please reply as we had a memorable cruise, having to abandon it when we torn the main
Mr Clegg took us out the lifeboat, the Kurt and Lola Harn ( if I remeber correctly) Quite a trip

Philip
 

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alan clegg

alan clegg was my father he was at Burghead from 1965 thru 1974ish. when he bought MY Sarinda to start his own business cruising.
 

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Ref Jim MacIntyre's original question I also attended the Outward Bound in Burghead in 1961 and sailed in the Prince Louis. Still have photo on my study wall. At the time was advised that it was built in Norway during WW2. When visiting Aberdyfi in 2006 was surprised to see what appeared to be one of the original wooden Burghead cutters/whalers being unloaded on the quay. The gentleman in charge who had looked after the Outward Bound boats for over 24 years advised that the current boat had been moulded from the shell/hull of the last of the Burghead cutters and also advised that the Prince Louis had sunk in a storm in San Francisco bay several years before? A sad end if correct?
 

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Ref Jim MacIntyre's original question I also attended the Outward Bound in Burghead in 1961 and sailed in the Prince Louis. Still have photo on my study wall. At the time was advised that it was built in Norway during WW2. When visiting Aberdyfi in 2006 was surprised to see what appeared to be one of the original wooden Burghead cutters/whalers being unloaded on the quay. The gentleman in charge who had looked after the Outward Bound boats for over 24 years advised that the current boat had been moulded from the shell/hull of the last of the Burghead cutters and also advised that the Prince Louis had sunk in a storm in San Francisco bay several years before? A sad end if correct?
By accident a number of years ago I saw a picture in a newspaper of the burned out hulk in San Francisco Bay. I attended the sea school in 1955 and will never forget the time spent in the "dipping lug-sail" cutters.
 

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Yes, I went aboard the Prince Louis once as a young lad (visitor, not as crew). I had read an article about tall ships, I think in a National Geographic Magazine, and her captain was most impressed that I knew her previous name was Peder Most!
The Outward Bound school was in Burghead, not Elgin. Many years later, I had occasion to visit a small electronics firm there, and to my surprise found that their premises were the old Outward Bound school (or part of it). There's a photograph of the buildings at http://www.outwardboundgenerations.org.uk/taxonomy/term/3
 
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