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SY RONDINE Yard No 75 Ramage-Ferguson
SY RONDINE Yard No 75 built in 1887
Owners    Prince Serignano of Naples
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship   Steam Yacht Launched    Jan 1887
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    192' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.     Weather    
Beam    26' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     16' 6"      
Engines    Triple Expansion Engine by Builder      
Props    1      
Speed    13 knots      
Other known names     SY SULTANA, SY CLEMENTINA    
Current Status        
Content on SY RONDINE will be added as and when available. 
(RONDINE is Italian for Swallow) 
Ships History
The SY RONDINE was another awesome Steam Yacht built at the Leith Shipyards of Ramage & Fergusons Shipbuilders, some of the finest looking ships ever built came from the shipyard at Leith.
She had been built to an order for the Prince Serignano of Naples (yet another of the many of his ilk that propagated Europe pre- World War One)

The Steam Yacht RONDINE originally built for Prince Serignano was renamed as Sultana (owner by this time unknown) and was chartered out by the King of Belgium 10 years after she was built at Leith.

She was called Sultana when he (King Leopold II) first seen her on the Cote d' Azure and decided to rent her and he re-named her to Clementina after his youngest daughter.

After a year of cruising around including a trip to Scotland, then over to Kiel for the regatta by the Kiel Canal and then to the royal regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight it was of to Madeira and the Canary Islands with a quick jaunt over to Morocco, from where they voyaged back over the Mediterranean to Naples and down to Palermo.

The following year he decided that he needed a bigger ship and proceeded to charter long term another luxury yacht built again in Scotland but this time at Troon by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company.

So the story of the SY RONDINE ends in 1897 for now as we don't yet know what happened to this luxurious floating palace which was yet another testament to the skills of the Leith Shipbuilders.

The cost of such vessels was nothing to people like this and in King Leopold II's case even less so as he personally owned the whole of the Congo and all its wealth went direct to him.

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.

 The following is taken from a well known publication of the times

Monday the 24th January 1887

From the Firm of Messrs Ramage & Ferguson Shipbuilders there was launched a magnificent Iron Steam Yacht named as RONDINE (Italian for Swallow) which has been built to order of Prince Serignano, of Naples.

Designed as a first class Ocean Cruiser she has a raking outwater (Bow) and a square stern, rigged as a three-masted schooner with yards on the foremast, she measures 192ft by 26ft 6inches in the beam, with a moulded draught of 16ft 6 inches.

Her tonnage is about 620 yacht measurement; she is to be of great speed and is to be fitted by the builders with triple expansion engines of the latest type. The cylinders being 19inch, 31 inch and 49 inches in diameter respectively, with a piston stroke of 31 inches.

These engines are expected to drive the Yacht at a speed of 13 knots. The accommodations and fitting throughout are to be of a complete and even luxurious character.


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