The 1945 Swedish built wooden 3 masted barque ship EARL OF PEMBROKE was towed/pushed to Kampen, Netherlands to be broken up on Friday 2nd December 2022 at Hoeben RDM Schepen.
She was built in Pukavik, Sweden as ORION and used to haul timber in the Baltic Sea until 1974 when she was laid up in Thisted, Denmark She was moved to the UK in 1980 where her full restoration began in 1985. As part of the restoration, her rig was changed from the original schooner to barque type (to resemble the famous HMS ENDEAVOUR on which Captain Cook discovered Australia) and she was renamed as EARL OF PEMBROKE. The restoration was designed with festivals and film work in mind. The three-masted rig and the uninterrupted decks containing no superstructure or wheelhouse create the silhouette of a classic sailing ship so she needs only minimal work to get a period correct aerial or side shot.
In fact she was seen twice at Malta during filming activities of which the first one was during the movie shooting of CUTTHROAT ISLAND , a 1995 adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and written by Robert King and Marc Norman from a story by Michael Frost Beckner, James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. It stars Geena Davis, Matthew Modine and Frank Langella. EARL OF PEMBROKE was ATHENA during November 1994.
During 2002 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO American film, which is an adaptation of the 1844 novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, produced by Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, and Jonathan Glickman, and directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Luis Guzmán. It follows the general plot of the novel, with the main storyline of imprisonment and revenge preserved, but many elements, including the relationships between major characters and the ending, were modified, simplified, added, or removed was partly shot in the Maltese islands and EARL OF PEMBROKE was once again here renamed as PHAROAN, homeported at Marseille.
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Published – Saturday 10th December, 2022