#ClassicMY - An exclusive classic motor-yacht at 262ft long and at almost 90 years old, arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, however the main reason cited for the visit is maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore.
It is not known if the guests (up to 12) remained on board Talitha, a 1929 custom built luxurious charter-yacht that features art-deco designs. The 1,103 tonnes yacht regitered in Hamilton, Bermuda made an overnight passage from Scottish western isles following anchorage off Jura in the Outer Hebrides. The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar engines generating a cruising speed of 12.8 knots.
Afloat monitored Talitha’s arrival that initially saw an attempt to berth at Carlisle Pier. This is where last week the first cruise caller of the season in the form of the also elegant Serenissima made an appearance. Instead the clipper-bowed yacht headed for St. Micheal’s Wharf from where she is certainly to turn heads as the vintage vessel is to remain this week to enable completion of work.
The Bannenberg & Rowell designed yacht was launched at the Krupp Germaniawerft for the chairman of the Packard Car Company and later saw service in World War II.
Talitha has an all-white hull and superstructure that constrasts with a pair of yellow funnels that add to an old world charm. Service is provided by a 18 crew members.
In 2008 the motor-yacht was refitted in the UK at Devonport Yachts. Among the timeless features and facilities to be found is an open fireplace and piano, a library and card-room. Throughout the layout that only a classic yacht can present are unique spaces, such as a cushioned bowsprit hammock, a secret vantage point on the funnel deck and full-beam sofas tucked into the fantail.
Accommodation is spread across a master suite and five guest cabins. All of which have access to a lift connecting deck levels except the funnel deck. The yacht is also wheelchair accessible.
Yacht-charter agency Edmiston have advertised the Talitha during the summer months in northern Europe and the Mediterranean. To charter the classic yacht this is based on a ‘low-rate’ from €433,125 per week.