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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Errol Flynn's 36 metre schooner Zaca
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Zaca

Errol Flynn, the great swashbuckler himself, was also a dedicated seafarer. In 1945 he bought a 36 metre schooner that had been requisitioned by the US navy for patrol service during WWII. The vessel was built in 1929, along the lines of the Canadian Bluenose. After major work, Flynn renamed her Zaca and took her on a long cruise before chartering her to Orson Welles for his film The Lady from Shanghai, starring Rita Hayworth. There are some terrific sailing shots in the film but the images of Hayworth on deck, at her most alluring, proved even more memorable.

Flynn ended up living aboard Zaca (now renamed Zaca M) in Palma, Mallorca, until his death in 1959. The vessel moved to Villefranche, fell into disrepair and then attracted a strange reputation. A number of people reported seeing a ghostly figure, resembling Flynn, pacing her deck. Clinking glasses and laughter were apparently heard in her empty saloon. In 1979 a Catholic and Anglican priest conducted a joint exorcism. Zaca was later bought by an Italian businessman, extensively restored and based in Monaco.

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