The Savarona was built for Mrs. Emily Roebling Cadwallader, granddaughter of John Roebling,
the engineer who built the Brooklyn Bridge.
Mrs. Cadwallader spent part of her considerable fortune building three successively larger yachts,
each named Savarona after a long-necked black-feathered African swan.
Savarona, the third, cost $4 million to build at the Blohm&Voss shipyards in Hamburg in 1931.
The Savarona sailed Atlantic, Mediterranean and South African waters, but Mrs. Cadwallader could not take her to the United States of America because of potentially confiscatory import duties.
She decided to sell the yacht, and in 1938, the Savarona was bought for $1 million by the Turkish Government.
The chain of events leading to this purchase is amusing. In 1936, King Edward VII visited Istanbul
and was the guest of Mustafa Kernal Atatürk on the than state yacht, the Ertugrul.
Soot from the funnel so dirtied His Majesty's white flannels that Atatürk sent Ertugrul to be scrabbed
and ordered a search for a new presidential yacht.
The Turkish flag was hoisted on the Savarona in Southampton in March 1938.
The yacht arrived in Istanbul two months later, after some brief refurbishment, but sadly,
Atatürk was terminally ill.
During the six weeks that he spent on the Savarona, cabinet meetings were held on board.
Atatürk at last was taken by stretcher from the yacht to Dolmabahçe Palace, where he died
on November 10, 1938.
The Savarona did not sail again until after World War II, when the Turkish Navy started to use her
as a training ship.
In 1979, a raging fire destroyed the once beautiful vessel, and she remained unused until 1989,
when it was decided to scrab her.
A rich business man however, obtained a last minute stay of execution, leased the yacht for 49 years, and began the arduous task of refurbishing the Savarona to more than her former glory.
425 men worked for almost three years to refit the yacht, whose interior design was done
by Donald Starkey.
Today, the Savarona once again is sailing the waters of the world, bringing an experience
of elegance and luxury to those who are so privileged as to be her
M/Y Savarona is the the 4th largest private yacht in the world with a
length of 446 feet.
17 spacious suites each over 485 ft².
Her 47360 ft²
of covered and 38 feet of open space, offer a wide and spacious living
area and state
of the art recreational facilities.
The services on board
outclass by far those of the finest 5 star hotels and cruise vessels.
"Hamam" is a traditional Turkish bath, which was used by the
Sultan during the period
of the Ottoman Empire.
The Savarona "Hamam"
is one of the most majestic of its size ever built, and took twelve
one year to create from raw marble.Over 65 tonnes of marble was
used in the construction
of the "Hamam" and authentic marble
fountains and basins over 200 years old were brought from Anatolia (mainland
Turkey), to compliment the beautiful marble workmanship performed by the
The "Hamam" covers an area of 80 m2 (860
square feet), and includes a separate steam room, sauna and changing rooms
which are discretely concealed in the corner areas of the "Hamam"
BUILT : 1931 (refitted in 1992)
FLAG : Turkish (no V.A.T - commercial vessel)
: 446 ft : 136 meters
of Guests : 34
: 52.6 ft
of Cabins Suites 40 m² : 17
: 20 ft
Details : 17 spacious suites each over 485 ft²
CRUISING SPEED : 14 knot - MAXIMUM SPEED : 18 knots
ENGINES : 2 x 3600 HP x 100 RPM Caterpillar D 3608
Speed : 16 kt
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: Water sport facilities such as windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-ski, scuba
diving and sailing are at your disposal.
A movie theatre with an archive
of 2500 films and computer games played on the large screen are part of
the entertainement on board.
TENDERS & LEISURE : A
large swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, two seperate saunas and steam rooms, a
fitness center and a floor heated turkish bath built from 260 tons of
carved marble are available for your pleasure.
8 tenders, 3 jet skis, 2 scooters, scuba diving , wind surfing, water
skiing, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Turkish bath, fitness centre, Cinema, HELIPORT...