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Photographer:Lee Brown [View profile]Title:EL HORRIAAdded:Aug 02, 2007
Photo Category: Steam Ships (Operating and Preserved)
Egyptian Royal Yacht Built in 1865 she this one of the oldest steam vessels still afloat. EL HORRIA was commissioned for the Khedive of Egypt as the royal yacht Mahroussa.She was built in England by Samuda Brothers of Poplar and she was originally powered by twin paddle wheels.These were replaced in 1872 by triple screws powered by steam turbines. After the abdication of King Farouk in 1951, Mahroussa was taken over by the govt.renamed El Horria and used as a naval training ship spending most of her career in the eastern Med. In 1976, at the age of 111, she sailed to New York to take part in the International Naval Review held to commemorate the US bicentennial. Photograph taken at Alexandria in August 1993.
Thanks to Mark for info.
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itsfoto on Aug 06, 2015 17:57 (6 years ago)
It was a pleasure to see her underway on TV today, playing her role in the opening of the "new" Suez Canal. I'm not sure whether she was being towed or under her own power, though.
Mike Cornwall on Jan 23, 2006 21:51 (15 years ago)
Thanks very much for posting this photo. She truly is a manificent and historic vessel.

Lets hope she is maintained and preserved and does not go the same way as many other old vessels in the worlds backwaters.

Jackdusty on Jan 23, 2006 16:48 (15 years ago)
El Horria is truly a beautiful old ship that needs to be preserved at any cost. I had heard about this ship before and in 1974 after the 1973 October War I was in Egypt as part of the United Nations Emergency Forces. At that time I was stationed in Alexandria but the ship had disappeared. Does any member know where the ship was during the 1967 & 1973 wars?

Kind regards
Jackdusty :-D
Marc Piché on Jan 23, 2006 03:42 (15 years ago)
I photographed her in New York in 1976. She was quite an unforgettable sight steaming under the Verrazano Bridge in bright sunlight. She dates from 1865.

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