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The Motor Yacht Savarona is the Presidential yacht of the Republic of Turkey reserved exclusively for the use of the country’s leader. When launched back in 1931, she was the largest private yacht in the world and is named after an African swan.
Built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, Germany
Designed by naval architects Gibbs & Cox for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader, grand-daughter of John A. Roebling, engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Original cost $4 million
Refitted as state yacht in 2014
LOA 124m at waterline, 136m to bowsprit
GRT 4,646 tons
Main engine: 2 x 3,600 HP Caterpillar diesels
Service speed 15 knots, maximum 18 knots
Passenger capacity 34, crew 44
In 1938, the Turkish government gifted the yacht to Mustafa Atatürk, the first President of Turkey, who spent six weeks aboard before dying a few months later. She then lay idle through World War I and until 1951 when she was converted to the training ship Güneş Dil. In October 1979, the yacht was extensively damaged by fire while alongside at the Turkish Naval Academy off Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara and was pretty much abandoned for ten years until in 1989, she was chartered for 49 years by Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu. Mr. Sadıkoğlu had the vessel entirely refurbished her for about $45 million, removing the original steam turbines and installing Caterpillar diesel engines. She also features a Turkish bath (of course) and a library devoted to the life of Ataturk.