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Thistle was the unsuccessful Scottish challenger of the seventh America's Cup in 1887 against American defender Volunteer. Following a few very successful years racing in Britain, Thistle was sold to the German emperor Wilhelm II (who otherwise used the SMY Hohenzollern) in 1891 for 90,000 gold marks and renamed METEOR I. Between 1892 and 1895 Wilhelm II raced against the Britannia owned by his uncle the Prince of Wales later King Edward VII each year at the Cowes Week. Being a more experienced yachtsmen and having the faster ship Edward won all the races comfortably.

In 1895, METEOR I was handed over to the German Navy in Wilhelmshaven as a school yacht and renamed COMET. In 1921, the vessel was broken up. In the following years, the German emperor Wilhelm II had four more sailing yachts built, all under the name METEOR.


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