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Status symbols: Presidential yachts from around the world

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Launched in Genoa in 1938 as an auxiliary cruiser for the Yugoslavian Navy, 115 metre Galeb is one of the more controversial presidential yachts on our list. Owned for many years by the first president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, she was used as a floating residence, embassy and party boat, hosting Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as carrying Tito to London for a state visit in 1953 — the first by any communist leader.

Watch as Galeb moors up in London in 1953

Since Tito’s death in 1980, Galeb (which means seagull in Croatian) has fallen into a sorry state, languishing in the port of Rijeka for the past decade. However, plans are afoot to convert Galeb into a museum ship in time for the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2020.

Photo: Flickr.com / Vladimir Tkalčić

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