the yacht L’Aimée

Today I’d like to talk about the yacht L’Aimée from which Lantelme desappeared in the hot night of July 1911. Was it a murder or an accident, we don’t know till now, but the yacht itself was something special even without the criminal story that made L’Aimée so famous.

First of all, the yacht belonged to Alfred Edwards and was constructed for him and his wife, who was not then Lantelme but previous madame Edwards, Misia (known now as Misia Sert). Soon a magazine called La Vie Heureuse published an article about the yacht where we can see very interesting photos and read about the impression L’Aimée produced at this time.

Many thanks to Corinne for the scans! Source: La Vie Heureuse (August 1906 issue).

L Aimee page1 LVH 08-1906

Text (partially missing on the left ): “UN VOYAGE qui n’est point agité par les locomotives, mais où la vie glisse sur des eaux couronnées de verdure, où le fil d’un courant paisible emporte les pensées, et où le bateau stoppe pour le repos de la nuit : tel est le plaisir de l’Aimée (…)

L’AIMEE, qui vient de partir pour gagner d’abord la Meuse, reflète dans les eaux des rivières le double agrément d’un bateau de plaisance et d’une villa à flot, d’un yacht et d’un house boat.
Et il semble amusant pour nos lectrices de les promener à bord. Une femme qui a la coquetterie de l’intérieur rêvera un peu devant ce joujou, qui est un palais, un très petit palais qui participe à l’immensité du ciel et des eaux.

Le bateau a 38 mètres de long; c’est plus qu’un très bel appartement à Paris; mais la moitié environ appartient au plaisir de vivre. Tout l’arrière est le domaine des machines et de l’équipage. On y voit le pont hérissé (…)”

L Aimee page2 LVH 08-1906

Photos of Edwards’ guests: painter Helleu, madame Letellier, actress Rejane children, Sem…

L Aimee page1bas LVH 08-1906

The painter Pierre Laprade is not named, but looks like he was a friend of Alfred Edwards. Among his works we can see a painting called Le Yacht Edwards (The Edwards Yacht) with Misia and her husband

pierre-laprade-le-yacht-edwards-the-edwards-yacht2

Later Laprade paints Lantelme, and this painting is named Lantelme on her yacht, as if L’Aimée had been made especially for her (or belonged to her and not to her rich husband).

Pierre Laprade Lantelme sur son Yacht

The yacht L’Aimée was very famous and its photos were published on postcards:

yacht aimee postcard1 yacht aimee postcard2

I’ve also found this postcard, where the yacht is not named but the sender added a remark saying the yacht belongs to Lantelme.

yacht aimee postcard3

After the accident Alfred Edwards sold the yacht. During the World War I L’Aimée was a boat for transport of wounded soldiers (info found in Le Miroir, 25.10.1914, on Gallica site).

Le Miroir 1914-10-25 yacht Lantelme

Later L’Aimée was renamed as L’Améthyste (source: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k56547986/f23.image.r=Lantelme%20yacht%20Amethyste.langEN ). It still existed in 1932.

Scans by Corinne, postcards found on delcampe and via google.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theodora zemek
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 18:24:36

    Hello there, and thank you for a wonderful and helpful website. I am in the process of writing an article on Misia – and I would love to read the article in La Vie Heureuse. Is there anyway I could receive a copy of the scan ? You’ve done an awful lot of research nd I am really grateful ! theodora

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  2. Frans van Dalen
    Mar 02, 2017 @ 10:38:34

    Thanks for the article on the Aimee ; I bought this magazine but it should be La Vie Heureuse JULY 1906 (not august 1906)
    In 1905 the composer Maurice Ravel made a trip with the Aimee to Holland (together with Alfred and Misia Edwards ,Ida and Cipa Godebski and the painters Bonnard and Laprade.

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