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The Standart - Nicholas and his family used this Imperial yacht for their annual summer holiday, to meet other monarchs in their countries, and sometimes moored in the water for secret meetings, etc.

In 1907, an unfortunate incident took place that was later known as "the wreck of the Standart." The incident occurred on a fine day in the Finnish fjords when all of a sudden the Imperial yacht was shaken by a jolt at a moment when there was not the slightest reason for expecting anything of the sort. Immediately afterwards the yacht was heeled over. It was impossible to tell what might be coming next.