Wednesday 22 November 2017

Luxury yacht with Hollywood history docks in Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire harbour
Dun Laoghaire harbour

Rebecca Lumley

Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning welcomed an extravagant super-yacht that costs almost half a million euro to rent for a week and has played host to scores of Hollywood celebrities.

The Talitha G yacht, which is said to be a favourite of director Steven Spielberg, sailed into south Dublin from Scotland.

Unfortunately Dun Laoghaire natives won’t encounter any of the high profile guests who generally inhabit the yacht’s cabins. According to the local harbour master, the yacht is undergoing general repairs at berth four this week. 

Endowed with the title of “super-yacht”, the Talitha G is no ordinary vessel, boasting an extensive range of amenities and a surprisingly diverse history.

Originally built in Germany in 1929, it was launched under the name Reveler. Almost two decades later it found itself in the middle of World War II, carrying American ammunition and crew members across the Pacific Ocean.

It sailed out of Pearl Harbour in 1942, then named the USS Beaumont.

Having survived the war years, the boat was decommissioned in 1946 and laid up for four decades. In the 1990s it was refurbished in Plymouth, England and after three years of work, emerged as a luxury yacht.

The Talitha G dwarfs all other similar vessels and sits at 80m long, more than half the length of the Spire. According to Yacht Charter Fleet, it costs in the region of €433,125 to rent per week, and that doesn’t include expenses.

The super-yacht holds up to 12 guests at a time, with six bedrooms on-board. If required, it can also hold up to 18 crew members.

It features an on-board gym, a jacuzzi and a lift, making the entire vessel wheelchair accessible.

Talitha G is used as a charter yacht available to rent, but is owned by a wealthy British family with equally colourful roots. The boat was bought by the heir to a booming oil company, John Paul Getty in the 1990s, who oversaw its refurbishment and named it after his wife Talitha.

Talitha Getty was both a model and an actress and was regarded as a “style-icon” in the late 1960s.

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