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Elizabeth Taylor

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From the yachting clique of Hollywood's golden era to modern sailing icons, click through to see the stories behind some of the most iconic and glamorous images ever taken of life at sea...

Elizabeth Taylor

As charter guests go, they don’t come much more fabulous than Elizabeth Taylor. This picture was taken in 1959 on board 36 metre classic yacht Olnico, which the Hollywood star chose for her honeymoon with singer Eddie Fisher in the French Riviera. 

Although the marriage was not to last, the trip made international headlines and secured Olnico a future as a household name. Five years later the vessel would even follow in her patron’s footsteps and land a starring role on the silver screen in French comedy Le Gendarne de Saint Tropez alongside Louis de Funès.

Designed by Charles E Nicholson and launched in 1932 as Cacouna, Taylor’s honeymoon was not the yacht’s first brush with stardom. In 1937 she was bought by Leslie Leroy Irvin – a Hollywood stuntman who made a fortune developing a new static line parachute – but the vessel hit tougher times when she was commissioned for war work in 1939. 

Despite her post-war heyday, the yacht has spent the last 16 years under private ownership and in relative anonymity as Dear B in the waters of southern Turkey. Her future, however, looks bright with restoration work due to begin imminently at Dunya Yachts. Commissioned under the watchful eye of GL Watson & Co – the world’s oldest yacht design firm which recently oversaw the refit of fellow Charles E Nicholson design Malahne – the sensitive 30 month restoration promises to save 60 per cent of Cacouna’s interiors and retain her elegant style. 

With enough room for an entourage and a look primed for Instagram, this beautiful classic yacht is once again set to become a celebrity charterer’s dream.

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