HNoMY Norge during a visit to Stockholm in September 2005
|Builder:||Camper and Nicholsons|
|Cost:||1,500,000 NOK (1947)|
|Launched:||11 February 1937|
|Commissioned:||9 July 1948|
|Status:||in active service|
|Displacement:||1,628 t (1,602 long tons)|
|Length:||80.6 m (264 ft 5 in)|
|Beam:||11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)|
|Draught:||4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)|
|Range:||6,500 nmi (12,000 km)|
|Complement:||54 (18 officers, 36 privates) during the season; 20 during winter|
When Prince Carl of Denmark, a naval officer, agreed to be elected to the vacant throne of Norway in 1905 (taking the royal name of Haakon), he was promised a royal yacht. Due to Norway's difficult economic situation after the dissolution of the union with Sweden, it never materialized.
During the two world wars the economy and other conditions never made it possible to acquire a yacht.
After World War II a nationwide appeal was made for funds to purchase a yacht for the respected and ageing king, who had become a truly national symbol through his steadfast resistance against Nazi Germany. Among the followers of the appeal were 300,000 of the country's school children. Eventually, interest centred on the British motor yacht Philante built in 1937 by Camper and Nicholsons in Gosport, Hampshire for Sir Thomas Sopwith. One of the world's largest yachts of its time, the ship had been requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 and used for Atlantic duty as the convoy escort vessel HMS Philante during the war.
In July 1947, the ship was bought by Norway in time for a model to be made and presented to the King at his 75th birthday. After refitting was completed in 1948, King Haakon was finally able to take over his royal yacht, which was renamed Norge.
King Haakon used Norge extensively for travels in Norway and abroad.
King Olav took over Norge after his father's death in 1957, and a 10-year plan was adopted to upgrade the hull and technical equipment. The King followed the traditions introduced by King Haakon, using Norge on both official and private occasions.
On 7 March 1985, Norge was docked for repair at the shipyard in Horten. During welding operations on board a fire broke out and that lasted a whole day and destroyed most of the ship, though the hull and engines survived. King Olav decided the ship was to be rebuilt at Horten shipyard. A year later he was once again able to take over Norge, with a higher standard of safety and better technical equipment than before the fire.
When King Olav died in 1991, Norge was taken over by King Harald.
Manning and use
The Royal Yacht Norge is owned by HM The King. A Royal Decree of 1947 provides that the ship shall be manned, operated and maintained by the nation's Defence Forces. In summer the complement of officers and crew is 54. The season begins when the King embarks in May and ends when he disembarks in late September. The winter is used for maintenance, with a reduced crew of 20.
The sailing schedule for the Royal Yacht varies from year to year. When the King is competing in major international yacht races, he uses Norge as a base. The King and Queen also make use of the Royal Yacht for official events in Norway and abroad. In 2004 the King used the yacht on his trip to France for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. In 2006 the yacht was among other events used abroad during the state visit to Ireland and in Norway during the state visit by the King and Queen of Spain.
For the summer of 2007, Norge and the Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog cruised along the southernmost parts of Norway, to celebrate the 70th birthdays of Their Majesties The King and Queen—and Norge itself.
The Royal motor boat Stjernen is maintained and manned as a sub-unit of the Royal Yacht. It does however not have the same schedule.
- The prefix HNoMY stands for His/Her Norwegian Majesty's Yacht, whereas the Norwegian prefix KS (or K/S) stands for Kongeskipet (The King's Ship).
- The other remaining Royal Yachts being the Royal House of Denmark's Dannebrog and the Netherlands De Groene Draeck
- The yacht's name Philante was a portmanteau of the names of the owner's wife and himself; Phil, short for Phyllis, "an", short for "and", t for Thomas, and the end syllable "e".
- Steensen 1953, p. 268
- Hansen, Jan Ingar (15 February 2011). "Brente gjenstander fra Kongeskipet dukket opp". Royal Norwegian Navy Museum. Norwegian Armed Forces Museums. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "Kongen inspiserte 70-åringen K/S «Norge»" (Norwegian) – Syndication article by Wibecke Lie, NTB, 16 May 2007.
- Steensen, Robert Steen (1953). Alverdens krigsskibe (in Danish). Copenhagen: Det Schønbergske Forlag.
- The Royal Yacht – The Royal House of Norway's official information
- Kongeskipet Norge (Norwegian) – Royal Norwegian Navy web page
- Kongen kommer (Norwegian) – NRK Documentary on web TV