This wonderful fully renovated schonner is The Queen of the Mediterranean Sea as she is the only schooner of her size bringing together such HISTORY, incredible CRAFTSMANSHIP, speed and unparalleled BEAUTY.
HISTORY:She was designed in 1919 and launched in Hamburg in 1921 by Max Oertz, probably the most famous German shipbuilder of his time. Oertz built the famous imperial schooners "Germania" and "Meteor IV" for German Kaiser Wilhelm II. She was created as "Meteor’s IV" sister vessel and is the only remaining large schooner of Max Oertz design in the world. She was build for the account of Greek merchant and art lover Antonios Benakis a descendent of an illustrious Greek family of Alexandria, Egypt. Antonios Benakis left behind him a legacy of Museums, art collections and in 1934 founded and became the first president of the Yacht Club of Greece.
When Antonios Benakis decided to move permanently to Greece he made his historic return voyage from Alexandria on this exquisite Schooner. After many years of sailing on the Mediterranean Sea, she was eventually acquired by a Baron and Admiral of the British Empire who began a lengthy voyage around the world that spanned over many years.
She was sold after the World War II and was subsequently abandoned in a mud-berth in England. Although she lay there for nearly four decades, the mud where she rested on had the fortunate characteristic of preserving its hull.
In 1985 her fortunes turned for the better as she was discovered by New Zelander Cameron Chisholm who did not resist to her elegant lines as he saw her laying abandoned in the river. He acquired her and undertook a lengthy restoration that lasted for more than four years (till 1990) and was carried out in Bristol and Southampton by Britain’s most skilled craftsmen.
The very wood from which this rare schooner was entirely refitted has a history of its own. Indeed the wood used was salvaged from a vessel that sank in 1917 that was carrying a cargo of Burma teak, an exceptionally rare and beautiful wood. The Burma Teak found in the bowels of the ocean was used to completely rebuild this historic Schooner and grant her a new breath of life, bringing her back to her former glory.
PART OF HER UNIQUENESS STEMS FROM THE FACT THAT SHE IS THE ONLY YACHT WORLDWIDE THAT IS BUILD ENTIRELY, BOTH HULL AND INTERIOR CABINETRY, WITH THIS PRECIOUS WOOD FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS.
After a few voyages to Malta and the Mediterranean, she was acquired for a short period of time by an Italian sailing lover who took her to the Caribbean and the Pacific traveling via Panama.
In the 90′s she found its way to Maine and Fort Lauderdale of Florida, the largest sailing port of the United States as she was acquired by a member of one of American’s most famous families of industrialists. There she was groomed and perfected to become the ultimate racehorse, winning many international regattas.
After many voyages on the American coastline and expeditions across the Atlantic to take part in races, she found its way back to Europe.
THE BEAUTIFUL SCHOONER TODAY
More than 80 years away from its original home, she was at last acquired by a Greek ship owner and art lover who brought her back to Greece were she enjoys her former glory, sailing under the Mediterranean Sea and sun.
Year of 1st launch: 1921
Rebuilt: 1985-1990 (by New Zelander Cameron Chisholm in G.Britain).
Total restoration: 2009-2011 in Greece
Model: Custom Line Schooner
Tonnage: 71 gross tonnage
Hull: Wood (teak)
Fuel Capacity: 4,500 l for 72-96hrs of trip.
Fuel Consumption: 44 l/hr at cruise speed of 9 knots & 52 l/hr at max speed of 10.5 knots, depending on weather conditions, waves & sea currents.
Main Engine: Cummins Mercruiser QSL 9-M/325 BHP. New in 2011.
Generators: Two (2) 17,5 KV/ 27 KV Onan. New in 2008.
Speed under sail (recorded): 12 knots boat speed with 23 knots wind speed on the beam.
Air-conditioning: cooling and heating throughout (62,000 BTU).
Water capacity: 1,300 litres
Water Makers (x2): 1 unit Technicomar 100lt/hr output, 1 unit Aquasian 240lt/hr output, depending on sea temperature. Both new in 2011.
Crew: Up to six (6) professional crew members in separate quarters, forward.
TOP LUXURY SERVICE ON BOARD. LUXURY ENVIRONMENT ALL AROUND BOTH IN THE INTERIOR & EXTERIOR WITH THE TASTE OF INCOMPARABLE HISTORIC GLORY.
Original bronze fittings on deck and in the interior.
Her wheel like many other fiitngs is original and has been preserved since 1921 still showing the initial engravings.