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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Superyacht Christina O

Christina O

If ever there was a yacht crackling with the presence of screen gods and goddesses it is Christina O. This 99 metre vessel was built for the Canadian navy, sold off at the end of WWII and bought in 1954 by Aristotle Onassis.

Onassis used a big slice of his fortune to turn Christina, named after his daughter, into a floating palace. Panelling from impoverished English stately homes was used for cabins; a mosaic decorated the bottom of the pool, which rose to deck level to become a dance floor; and a grand piano stood in the saloon. In the bar, stools were covered in leather from the foreskins of whales. Onassis delighted in telling his female guests perched at the bar that they were “sitting on the world’s biggest penis”.

And there were some famous women guests. Onassis, the supreme egotist, was captivated by the wrold's most beautiful woman Greta Garbo and Christina was part of his plan to seduce her. She soon became a regular guest. Arriving at Nice railway station, Garbo found that Onassis had laid on an entire orchestra to welcome her as she stepped off the train.

Onassis would sail the yacht to Capri or Venice and throw a huge party. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were regular guests and Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Peter Lawford, Grace Kelly and, in 1963, Jackie Kennedy all joined in the exclusive fun. The yacht, like Jackie, now has an O after her name and is currently for charter. Camper & Nicholsons is listing her at £270,000 per week, plus expenses.

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