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Savarona was designed by William Francis Gibbs, a leading naval architect
of the time, and built for Mrs. Emily Roebling Cadwallader, granddaughter of John Roebling, a wire-span bridge engineer who designed the Brooklyn Bridge among others. Mrs. Cadwallader spent part of her inheritance building three successively larger yachts, each named Savarona after a long-necked black swan found in the southern hemisphere. This Savarona, the third, was built at the Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg, coming down the ways in 1931. Savarona cruised Atlantic and Mediterranean waters for seven years, but Mrs. Cadwallader could not take her to the United States because of depression-era import duties. In 1938 she sold Savarona to the Republic of Turkey.

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Savarona is the the fourteenth largest private yacht in the world with a length of 446 feet.
Her 47,360 square-feet of covered and 38,750 square-feet of open space encompass a large living area including 17 private suites each with bedroom, lounge, and bathroom. There is in addition a master suite dedicated as a museum to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk for whom Turkey purchased the yacht.

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Savarona's staircase is remarkable. Extending from the main deck to the next level,
it was formed from hand beaten solid brass.

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Recreational Facilities:

Savarona features state-of-the-art recreational facilities including a large swimming pool,
two Jacuzzis, two separate saunas, a fitness center, and a floor-heated turkish bath
built from 260 tons of hand-carved marble.
Water sport activities such as windsurfing,
water-skiing, jet-skiing, scuba diving,
and sailing are offered.
A movie theatre with an archive of 2500 films
and computer games played on a large screen are part of on-board entertainment.


Year Built: 1931
Year Refit: 1999
Length: 446 ft
Beam: 52 ft
Draft: 20 ft
Displacement: 4,650 tons
Diesel Engines: (2) 3634 hp Caterpillar
Generators: 220v
Water Tanks: 58,000 gal
Fuel Tanks: 118,000 gal
Cruising Speed: 16 knots

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