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Named for an African swan living in the Indian Ocean, the ship was designed by Gibbs & Cox in 1931 for American heiress Emily Roebling Cadwallader, granddaughter of John A. Roebling, engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge. The ship was built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany. She cost about $4 million ($57 million in 2010 dollars).[1] Equipped with Sperry gyro-stabilizers, she was described in 1949 by Jane's Fighting Ships as "probably the most sumptuously fitted yacht afloat."

In 1938, the Turkish government bought the yacht for ailing leader Mustafa Kemal Atatόrk, who spent only six weeks aboard before dying a few months later.

Throughout World War II, the ship lay idle in Kanlıca Bay on the Bosporus. In 1951, she was converted to the training ship Gόneş Dil (English: Sun Language). In October 1979, the ship was gutted by fire at the Turkish Naval Academy off Heybeliada Island in the Sea of Marmara. She lay virtually abandoned for ten years.

In 1989, she was chartered for 49 years by Turkish businessman Kahraman Sadıkoğlu. Over three years, his firm completely refurbished her for about $25 million, removing the original steam turbine engines and installing modern diesel engines. The ship was rebuilt at Tuzla Shipyards in Tuzla, a suburb of Istanbul, for the purpose of serving famous and important guests and helping to keep the memory of Atatόrk alive.
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Savarona features a swimming pool, a turkish bath, a 282-foot (86 m) gold-trimmed grand staircase that survived from her original construction, a movie theater, and a library suite dedicated to Atatόrk, which is furnished with many of his personal artifacts. Under its charter operator the yacht was available for charter for $200,000 to $400,000 per week, which included the crew but not provisions.
Tonnage: 4,646 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 408 ft (124 m) waterline
446 ft (136 m) - stern to bowsprit
Beam: 53 ft (16 m)
Height: 52 ft (16 m)
Draft: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Installed power: 2 Χ 3,600 HP (2.7 MW) diesel
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h) cruising
18 knots (33 km/h) maximum
Capacity: 34
Crew: 44

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