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SY MAHA CHAKRI Yard No 114 Ramage-Ferguson
SY MAHA CHAKRI Yard No 114 built in 1892
 The magnificent Royal Yacht see above date unknown  
Owners   Rama V King of Siam
Registered    Bangkok Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Steam Yacht (Cruiser) Launched    June 1892
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.     Weather    
Beam     Time to Water    
Depth Moulded            
G.R.T.    2,229 tons      
Engines    Triple expansion engines x 2       
Props    2      
Other known names        
Current Status    Sank near Faro 1921    
Content on SY MAHA CHAKRI will be added as and when available. 
 An old photograph of the Royal Yacht MAHA CHAKRI and she does look a bit like a small cruiser of the time. 
Ships History
When the King of Siam Rama V (Thailand) required a new Royal Yacht it was to the Shipbuilders of Leith that he turned, and so ordered the magnificent luxury Steam Yacht.

She was twin Screwed and she was powered by 2 triple expansion steam engines.

She was not a Naval Ship but she certainly carried a lot of the characteristics of a small destroyer or light cruiser of the times and she was designed by the well known Steam Yacht designers of G. L. Watson a company which started out in Scotland and is today still going strong based in Liverpool U.K.

At a gross tonnage of 2,229 tons this was no small ship and she served the King well for around 24 years before being replaced and sold on.

To be continued:-

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 below was sent into the website from archivists in Thailand who are piecing together her history before it is lost.

Our King Rama 5 had commissioned the Maha Chakkri steam yacht that was completed in 1892 and used by him on voyages to - from Europe and Thailand. Our research indicates this ship was completed by Ramage & Ferguson in 1892 and used by our Thai Royal Family until its de-comissioning in Thailand around 1916. We further understand that this ship was refitted in Japan as a cargo ship and sank near Faro Portugal around 1921. We will continue our research and hope to find photos of this great ship in Thai archives. Thanks for your excellent site!


 Seen above on an official royal visit to Sweden
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