On Monday 3rd September, 2018 the 87 metre classic yacht NAHLIN was berthed at the Valletta Cruise Port Pinto 3 Wharf for 7 hours stay receiving bunkers and stores.
She’s one of the last of three large steam yachts constructed in the UK in fact she was built in 1930 by John Brown Co at Clydebank with yard number 533 . She was built for Lady Annie Henrietta Yule, heiress of Sir David Yule, and was launched in 1930. She is owned by British industrial entrepreneur Sir James Dyson, who purchased her from Sir Anthony Bamford, Chairman of JCB.
In 1937 she was sold to King Carol II of Romania for £120,000 and renamed LUCEAFARUL (Evening Star) and later LIBERTATEA (Liberty). When the Romanian abdicated in 1940, she became the property of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and was tied up at Galati Port on the River Danube as a museum and later as a floating restaurant.
After the 1989 revolution and fall of communism in Romania, although classified as cultural patrimony, the yacht dubiously became property of a small Romanian private company called SC Regal SA Galaţi and was rediscovered by luxury yacht broker Nicholas Edmiston, who purchased the vessel in 1998 for $265,000 and in 1999 sent her to Falmouth, Cornwall on the semi-submersible heavy lift vessel SWIFT, a Dockwise vessel.
She entered Valletta for the first time last year on 4th September 2017 with below images showing her entering –
The name NAHLIN is taken from the Native American word meaning “fleet of foot” and the yacht has a figurehead depicting a Native American wearing a feathered head dress beneath the bowsprit as shown below –
Below images show the NAHLIN berthed at Pinto 3 Wharf last Monday 3rd September, 2018 –
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