12 November 2007

SS Delphine

This is the yacht you saw yesterday - in fact if you look at the photo below you can see a long-shot of the guy working on her. She is the SS Delphine, a steam yacht, built for the American automobile mogul, Horace Dodge, in 1921. During the war she was used by the U.S. Navy, and toward the end of the war, she became a venue for historical strategy sessions run by world leaders such as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Years later she sat abandoned in Marseilles harbour until she was bought in 1997 by a Belgian family who restored her. You can read far more about her - and see some beautiful old photographs from her launch in Michegan, onwards - at this link: SS Delphine

Another link with even more information is HERE. Her home is in the harbour of Monaco. The yacht you see behind her is Atlantis II owned by the Niarchos family of Greece.

7 comments:

Jim said...

Thats an impressive yacht.

Kate said...

I just can't seem to get my mind around the fact that ONE family can purchase a yacht of this size. Guess I'm just "a Maggie-come-to-town" kind of person!

Jilly said...

I suppose if you owned Dodge cars, you can afford anything, Kate!

Ann (MobayDP) said...

I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that this is one yacht! It looks like a small cruise ship :)

I guess you're right Jilly, money really is no problem for some folks...the sky really is the limit :) It would have been a shame for such a beautiful yacht to be left to continue deteriorating though.

Carraol said...

No doubt, is an extraordinary vessel. Great post with a lot of info.

Chris said...

Ditto what the others said. . .I guess to those who have money, this was probably a small purchase!!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

I love old boat (and modern if nice). There's no comparison with this elegant jewel vs. that so ordinary MSC Sinfonia ship

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