Date: 3 December 2015. Christina O. (Aristotle Onassis' yacht)
Preamble: I'm gearing up for the St. Pete Boat Show so the
articles will be playing catch-up while I have fun. This is a vignette
with the photograph
sent to me by TS M/V Lutin. With Captain Olivier and Pilou aboard, Lutin
cruises out of Antibes, France. More about this gent and his sister
onboard a Grand Banks in a later article...
I believe all of us on boats keep
our eyes open for the yachts that share our waters. Occasionally an
outstanding example crosses our horizon. Such was the case back in
July for my friend Olivier.
Meet Christina O.
The Christina O. belonged to Aristotle Onassis and was
his personal yacht. Launched in 1943, she's 99 meters long (325')
and became sumptuous under Onassis' ownership. Her beam is 36.5' and she draws 14'.
Patronikolas, a friend of Mr. Onassis wrote:
(quote from the
Aristotle-Onassis.blogspot.com) "In 1954 Aristotle Socrates
Onassis created the greatest yacht of all, Christina. Named
after his beloved daughter, she was a sleek, 325-foot,
shimmering-white masterpiece proudly displaying the Onassis
signature, the yellow funnel. While the ship had begun life in
1943 as the Canadian naval frigate Stormont, a convoy escort,
Onassis purchased her in 1948 for just $34,000 and converted her
during the early 1950ís into the most sumptuous private yacht
that the world had ever seen, at the cost of more than $4
You must visit
to read more about her. Truly it's worth your time. It was
fascinating to read about the boat and her accoutrements from
a man who actually was there and knew Mr. Onassis.
The photo shows Christina O. at anchor in Cap
d'Antibes, France. Lutin met her on July 28, 2015.
Thanks Captain Olivier for
allowing me to use your picture.
Christina O. is a gem.
Have you seen this yacht or another that caught your
Where and what was the boat that sparked your imagination?
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