The Mirabelle, is a fictional cruise liner comissioned by Irwin Wolfe in the 2018 James Bond novel Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz. It was used by Wolfe to smuggle heroin from the South of France to America.
Forever and a Day (2018)
The Mirabelle was built in Birkenhead, England and furnished in France at the order of American billionaire Irwin Wolfe. She was named for his late wife and powered by two Lobnitz & Co. Boilers, it was outfitted with the latest anti-roll stabilizers and two immense funnels. It boasted 550 cabins, and aimed to make the competing fleets of Moore-McCormack and Grace Line obsolete. It boasted two restaurants, one exclusive to first-class passengers, a ballroom with walnut flooring, two bars, a dining room, and a number of small shops. The Mirabelle was outfitted with an unusual 600 fire extinguishers, most if not all of which were dummies being used to transport 12,000 pounds of high grade heroin to the United States. For its maiden voyage in August 1950, they prepared for a three-week crossing of the Atlantic from France to New York, with the first week spent off the French coast working out last-minute kinks.
Before it could head out to the open ocean, Wolfe had James Bond and Sixtine taken aboard as prisoners after they stormed his heroin refinery in the French countryside. Bond was brutalized and the two were taken to a tourist-class cabin on one of the lower decks. When they escaped, they used the ship's shuttercock valve, used to cool the engines with seawater by detonating a makeshift explosive made of fireworks that were stored on board for the celebration when they reached New York. Bond then destroyed its master control panel, which sent all systems offline. This resulted in a buildup of pressure against the hull that caused a second explosion to make the ship begin to sink beneath the Mediterranean.
- Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Harper, 120. ISBN 0062873628.