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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Grace Kelly and Prince rainer on Deo Juvante II
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Deo Juvante II

When Prince Rainier married the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly in 1956, his friand Aristotle Onassis presented the couple with an extraordinary wedding present: a 44.8 metre classic motor yacht from the 1920s. The vessel, which Rainier and Grace named Deo Juvante II, had been built for a wealthy Argentinian. It was acquired by Sir George Tilley, chairman of Prudential Insurance, in 1938, used by the British Royal Navy in WWII before being returned to Tilley after a complete restoration at her builder, Camper & Nicholsons. When Tilley died in 1951 the yacht was bought by one of Onassis’s companies.

Princess Grace spent her honeymoon and some of the happiest moments of her early marriage aboard Deo Juvante II, cruising the Mediterranean; Corsica and Sardinia were favourite destinations. The vessel was sold in 1958 and had several owners until 2007, when she was bought by Quasar Expeditions, an adventure holiday company. Quasar refitted her and today she takes charter parties around the Galápagos Islands. As a nod to her Hollywood associations she is now named Grace.

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