One of the world’s most famous and oldest megayachts recently wrapped up a refit at Pendennis’ Pendennis Plus yard. The 233-foot Dona Amélia, formerly known as Haida G, spent four months in the UK-based facility.
A few things about Dona Amélia’s arrival at Pendennis were noteworthy. First, she marked the largest megayacht to be serviced by the team. Second, and even more significant, Dona Amélia entered—and exited—with her original twin Krupp steam engines. Considering the yacht was launched in 1928, it’s remarkable. But a series of dedicated owners and crews have kept those engines, as well as the rest of the yacht, in good working condition over the past 80-plus years.
Built by Krupp Germania in Germany to a design by Cox & Stevens in the USA, the yacht was launched in 1928 as Haida. Max Fleischmann, who owned a successful yeast-manufacturing company, commissioned her. The name came from that of a tribe indigineous to islands off the coast of British Columbia. After being pressed into service during World War II, Haida went on to enjoy ownership under several high-profile people, including movie producer Robert Stigwood and the late yacht-charter expert Andreas Liveras, the latter naming her Rosenkavalier. If you’ve seen the movie Mama Mia, you’ll no doubt recall seeing the yacht as part of the cast.
As for the refit, Pendennis performed additional maintenance tasks, overhauling a variety of equipment such as the gensets and hydraulics. The craftsmen further restored the teak decks and outside brightwork. Future guests will be glad to know the hot tub was also replaced and the entertainment system was upgraded.
Dona Amélia is spending the rest of the winter in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Pendennis Plus has additional refits in house, including that of the famed Feadship Virginian.