|Fate:||Broken up in 1687|
|Class & type:||Royal yacht|
|Tons burthen:||35 (bm)|
|Length:||34 ft (10 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Draught:||3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)|
HMY Bezan (or Bezaan) was a Royal Yacht of the Royal Navy of England. The Bezan was a Dutch pleasure yacht built in 1630 and presented to Charles II by the Dutch East India Company. The Bezan was about 15 feet long with a single mast and carried a crew of two, and was the precursor of modern leisure yachts.
A “bezaan” is Dutch for a gaff rigged type of sail.
Charles and his brother James raced their craft against each other. There was a race between the Dutch-built Bezan and the King’s yacht Jamie (named after James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth), which the former easily won.
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