The yacht Savarona was built by Blohm Voss in 1931 for Emily Roebling Cadwalader. Cadwalader was the granddaughter of the engineer of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Her cost price at that time was around $4 million (more than $80 million in current value). At the time of her launch, she was the largest superyacht in the world.
In 1938, the Turkish government bought the yacht and gifted her to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founding father of the Republic of Turkey. Unfortunately, he died a few months later.
In 1979 she was severely damaged in a fire, and in 1989 she was restored into former glory by Kahraman Sadikoglu.
The yacht is powered by Caterpillar engines. Her max speed is 18 knots. Her cruising speed is 16 knots. She has a range of more than 3000 nm. Savarona is designed by Cox & Stevens.
The luxury yacht can accommodate 34 guests and a crew of 44.
In 1989, she was chartered by Kahraman Sadikoglu – owner of the Turkish Sadikoglu Group – in a contract lasting 50 years. He completely refurbished SAvarona, allegedly spending $ 50 million. Savarona’s original steam turbine engines were replaced by Caterpillar engines. The yacht was rebuilt at Tuzla Shipyards to keep the memory of Atatürk alive.
Sadikoglu chartered the yacht to private clients. In 2010, Turkish media published news about the presence of underage prostitutes on board the yacht. Sadikoglu denied the allegations. However, the lease contract was canceled, and the Turkish government reclaimed the superyacht.
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