|The Amerigo Vespucci,
one of the two 'sails training vessels' used by
the Italian navy. She was launched in 1931 to be
the sister ship of the earlier Cristoforo
Colombo (no longer in existence, but click here). Both were
inspired by the style of large early 19th-century
74-cannon ships of the line. The vessel is a
full-rigged three-masted steel hull, 82.4 m
(270.34 ft) long, with an overall length of 101 m
(331 ft) including the bowsprit and a maximum
width of 15.5 m (51 ft). 26 Sails, 1,360 m2
(14,600 sq ft). Engine, FIAT B 308 ESS.
the other 'tall ship,' training vessel, is a
3-masted, iron-hulled barquentine. The ship was
built at the shipyard Anciens Chantiers Dubigeon
in Nantes (France) and launched in 1934. In 1951
the Italian Navy, looking for a replacement for
the Cristoforo Colombo,
bought the vessel and renamed her Palinuro.
General characteristics of the Palinuro: 858 gross
tons; overall length, 69 meters; beam, 10 m; sail
plan, Barquentine rig, 15 sails.
Athena is a clipper-bowed three-masted
gaff-rigged schooner built in 2004 by Royal
Huisman (in the Netherlands). The Athena was built
to order by the current owner, James H. Clark,
American Internet entrepreneur. In July 2012 the
Athena was listed for sale with an asking
price of $95 million USD, but there is a much
cheaper 204-page coffee table book called Athena
– A Classic Schooner For Modern Times.
Launched in 2004; Overall length, 90 meters (295+
feet); Beam: 12.20 m. (40+feet); Gross Tonnage,
1103; IMO: 1007237; MMSI: 319012000; Call Sign:
ZCNP; Flag: Cayman Islands. Depending
on whether or not you measure the bowsprit, Athena
is possibly the world's longest private sailing
built by Lürssen in Bremen. Launched in 2006.
Property of media enterpreneur. Barry
Diller. Overall length: 305 feet (92.9m).
Naval architecture, Langan Design. The Eos
is another contender for longest private
sailing vessel. Other stats: beam (i.e. the ship's
breadth at its widest point), 44.29 ft (13.50 m);
propulsion, twin screw with 2 × 2,333 hp (1,740
kW) MTU diesel engines; speed, 16 knots (30 km/h)
IMO : 9377456 -MMSI: 319087000 -Call
Sign: ZCPM3-Gross Tonnage: 1517 t., Flag: Cayman
Also see this link for an entry and photo of both these vessels docked together at Mergellina.
This is the sleek four-master, Phocea. My original mention of this vessel is here. (It is ten years old but it would help to read that item first.) The vessel was built in 1974 and was for a number of years the longest private sailing vessel in the world at 246 feet (75 meters), eventually being displaced by the Athena (see above). The boat has passed through a number of owners: first, Alain Colas; then, Bernard Tapei, the mayor of Marseilles. He renamed the ship as Phocea; it had previously been known as La Vie Claire and Club Mediterranee. He also refitted the vessel, extending the hull and masts. Then, the ship was purchased by Lebanese billionaire socialite, Mouna Ayoub, in 1997 and was in her possession when I first wrote about the boat. She refitted the Phocea with state-of-the-art engineering and sail systems. Then things get mysterious. A short time after she bought the boat, it went onto the rocks off of Sardinia, seriously injuring three persons aboard and damaging the vessel below the waterline. Ayoub then sold the Phocea to Pascal Vu Anh Quan Saken, at the time a Thai national and now citizen of the Republic of Vanuatu, the island nation in Oceania. He is an entrepreneur, investor and founder of the Shanghai Billionaire Yacht Club. He maintains his Pascal Saken's yard in Phuket, Thailand (!) for the refitting and building of luxury yachts. The Phocea was impounded recently in Vanuatu for smuggling but then released. The vessel remains flagged to Luxembourg. At last report (a few hours ago on vesselfinder.com, the vessel is at sea off the southern provinces of Thailand, possibly charter, but who knows? They report says that this ship is bound for Phuket. Hallelujah! IMO number: 8942797; MMSI: 253443000; Callsign LXJV. I'm sure that the new smart phones...
The Maltese Falcon is a so-called "Dynaship"--the automatic sailing ship of the future, with carbon-fiber masts and self-furling sails stored within the masts. The vessel is 88 m (289 ft.) long. I first mention this vessel here. The ship was formerly owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins and was sold in 2009 to Greek godzillionairess, Elena Ambrosiadou. The Maltese Falcon was built by Perini Navi yards in Viareggio, Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey. Launched in 2006. It is one of the largest privately owned sailing yachts in the world at 88 m (289 ft). The dynaship concept is a 1960s invention of the German hydraulics engineer Wilhelm Prölss, which was intended to operate commercial freight sailing ships with as few crew as possible. The ship has fifteen square sails (five per mast), stored inside the mast; they can fully unfurl into tracks along the yards in six minutes. The three carbon fiber masts are free-standing and able to rotate. Port of registry: Malta. Displacement, 1,240 t; Propulsion: 2 × Deutz TBD 620; Sail plan: full-rigged ship; Sail area 2,400 m2 (25,833 sq ft); IMO number 9384552 and MMSI 249555000. Call sign 9HUQ9.
At the link where I first mention the Maltese Falcon (directly above), I note the presence of what I called "either the world's ugliest mega-yacht or the coolest Bond-villian yacht ever." Here is the motor yacht 'A' owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. (That's right, just "A" for Andrey and, maybe, Alexandra, the skipper's Serbian wife.). Stats: length: 390 feet (119 meters! ); launched in 2008; built by Blohm & Voss, Germany. The "A" carries a crew of 42, has three swimming pools, a helipad and three 30-foot speedboats. The ship was designed by French product designer Phillipe Stark and is totally enclosed. Port of registry: Hamilton, Bermuda; launched: January 2008; displacement: 5,959 tonnes; Installed power: 9,000 kW (12,000 hp); propulsion: 2 × MAN RK280 diesel engines; speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph); range: 6,500 NM (12,000 km; 7,500 mi).
|And I just like this photo
from a recent miscellany page. The container ship
is the Jennifer Rickmers. Go, Palinuro!
Motor Yacht Altair III
Blackwood of London, sailing yachtMMSI 235087489; Callsign 2ERE6.
Flag: United Kingdom; Port of Registry: London.
Length Overall, 39.00m/128 ft. Built by shipyard: Bod-Yat A.S. in Bodrum, Turkey, year 2008.
Naval Architect: Studio Scanu; Designer: Gilles & Boissier
Yacht reviews stress the leisurely seafront home effect and praise the mysterious design: "...black livery of its aluminium hull, the dark wood of the deckhouse... sails in the colour of the night...the deckhouse has wide rectangular windows rather than portholes, with a 360-degree view from the salon and direct contact with the sea.
Rosinante of Notika - Sailing Yacht
A ketch-rigged 32 m sailing yacht available, according to ads, for charters in Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. However, the vessel was in the Bay of Naples a few days ago (as of 12 July, 2014) and is now off the Amalfi Coast in the Bay of Salerno. The 104ft /32m vessel was built in 1998 by Nedship and last refitted in 2005. Can accommodate 6 guests in 2 double cabins and one twin. She has a full array of "water toys" such as wake boards and scuba and snorkeling gear. Further: beam, 8.10m/26' 6". Engines: one Cummins, 300HP; cruise Speed: 9 knots. Designer: Notika. Call sign MXTW9, MMSI 232673000, flag UK.
|The Good Ship I
Have No Idea
And it's driving me crazy. Pseudo-galleon escaped from some Pirate Land Adventure Park. There must be a ship equivalent of facial recognition software. If you can identify this vessel. I will
arrange to let you walk the plank and/or be keel-hauled aboard
her -- two of the most thrilling adventures in all of
Yo-Ho-Ho lore! I'll even throw in a bottle of rum.
FOR SALE! NO KIDDING.
Yes, this little sweetheart is for sale, and it's so close to my house I could walk across the water and pick'er up for a charm (and if I could walk on water, money would be no problem). Promotional sales blurb: "At a magnificent 75.75m (249’) and 2242 GRT [gross register tonnage, a measure of the internal enclosed space of a vessel, not to be confused with such things as displacement], Ocean Victory was the largest Feadship ever built at the time of launching and remains the largest Feadship ever offered for sale. Totally custom-built in 2009 by the renowned De Vries Feadship shipyard."
There are seven decks, among which you will find a touch-and-go heli pad, 3 saloons
7 cabins, Portuguese bridge (I don't know what that is)*, Alberto Pinto interior design, full beach club with gym, massage room, Hamam (I don't know what that is)** and Sauna, cinema for 12, six swimming pools, an internal floodable dock, which enables the internal boarding and loading of the yacht's 14m Riva yacht tender. Feadship, by the way, is a cooperative venture between two shipyards (Royal van Lent and Royal De Vries) and maritime engineering company De Voogt Naval Architects. Further from the promo lit: "Ocean Victory is truly one of the finest yachts of her size and type ever built. Maintained regardless of cost and only ever used privately, never chartered, she is a proven ocean-going vessel ready to go anywhere in the utmost comfort." Guests 14. Crew, 24. Construction: Steel + Aluminium; Engines: 2 Caterpillar (2,682HP); Stats: Length: 75.75m, Beam: 13.60m; built: 2009; Cruising speed: 14 Knots.
IMO # 1009687; MMSI 319360000. Under Cayman Islands flag. Callsign ZCXR8. The price? (I don't know what that is.)***
*Well, ok. A "portuguese bridge" is a walkway behind the foredeck, in front and to the sides of, the pilothouse windows, separated from the foredeck by a waist-high bulwark.
** OK, again. Hamam is the Turkish and Arabic word for what is usually termed a "Turkish bath" in English. A steam bath.
*** I still don't know what that is, but scuttlebutt (HAR!) says $180 million USD.
The Odessa no longer exists but for a number of years was a frequent feature
in the Bay of Naples. Sad story. See this link.
| One more of
enthusiasm for big boats and parody of a grand old
song, Just a Song at Twilight (or Love's
Old Sweet Song, 1884, music, J.L. Molloy,
lyrics, G.C. Bingham) have caused friend Larry Ray
(whose many comments on Naples you may read here) to grow equally
Imagine everyone in evening wear, black tie with champagne glasses eternally filled, mingling and taking the night air on the aft second deck as lights from the panorama that is Naples begin to twinkle on. The entrance to the formal salon for dining just behind them is an arc of deck-to-overhead glass through which may be seen serving staff in white livery placing crystal flutes of varying sizes and heights at each place setting. Beef Wellington with puff pastry embracing a fine Parisian paté is just the beginning of the three hour meal, and each seat at the table has a wonderful view of the glittering Bay of Napoli and its coastlines.Larry, himself no stranger to immortal sea chanties, cites the opening of one of the greatest of all buccaneer ballads:
Livery placing crystal flutes (doo-dah, doo,dah)Larry has to get out more. Here are four more I cannot identify:
I include this vessel because I have never seen it before, nor had I ever heard of the Gestur Campagnia Navigation company. They have been operating out of Pozzuoli since1994. They describe themselves as a minicruise company specializing in local ports of call in the Campania region of Italy, including Pozzuoli, the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri and along the Sorrentine peninsula and around the cape into the Bay of Salerno. The company has three or four vessels, of which the Myriam is one. I don't know why it was moored off of via Caracciolo in Naples this morning unless it had been chartered and was taking on passengers by tender. Some of the large vessels take a few cars. This one does not appear to. She is 50 meters long, beam 10 m. and can hold 400 passengers. It sells itself as more than just a passenger transport vessel; that is, large room for dining and dancing, sun-roof, swimming platform at the stern, and in the strange English of those who are too lazy to ask, "...4 toilets, appropriate for dancing nights, with sophisticated hi fi system."
MMSI: 247070500 Callsign IZKK
Or, if you want true luxury, superyacht Seanna has luxury up the aft, yours to charter for only €450,000 per week. Built in 2011 by Benetti, the Italian shipbuilders located at Viareggio and Livorno on the west coast and Fano on the Adriatic. Length, 65 m (213 ft).; beam 12 m/40 ft.; cruising speed 14.0 knots; guests, 12 (so you can divide that 450 large by 12!--(whew, and you thought it was going to be expensive!)
Engines, 2 x 4,522hp Caterpillar; carries a 7m Novurania Chase tender with 230hp engine, an 8.5m Stancraft 350 HP custom wooden tender, a 6 m Ribeye tender with 115hp outboard, 2 x Yamaha VX 1100cc Jet Skis (3 man), 2 canoes, 2 paddle boards, waterskis, wakeboards, an Aqua park trampoline, snorkelling and fishing gear, and every imaginable electronic communication gizmo and toy such as Wi-Fi internet, VSAT, satellite TV, etc.
IMO 1011501; MMSI 235088016; UK flag; callsign 2ETL3.
|Pirates of the
This is a 37-foot Manò Marine cabin cruiser. There are many of these (or similar) on the bay in the summer. They go too fast, too close to shore, generally have no idea of the rules of boat safety, are obnoxious and loud, and when they all race for the port at dusk, from a distance the converging and crossing wakes look like the squiggles in a bubble chamber; if you wait a while you can hope for a marine version of a proton-proton collision. Alas, that probably won't happen, but sometimes they get hijacked! (See this link.)
The real boats of the bay
Let's not forget these folks--working fishermen, of whom there are still a great many. The small boats are now crowded by pleasure craft at the harbors in Naples, but they have been around for a long time and there is something reassuring about their slow, timeless presence.