The world of luxury auctions is witnessing a new trend; classical older yachts on the auction block for sale. Though cars, jewelry, whiskeys, wines, and memorabilia typically were the favorites, but the collectors seem equally interested about luxurious yachts from the yester years. Recently, the 1960 Riva Tritone Cadillac boat, and the Triton mega expedition yacht were listed for sale. Joining their league is the world's last operational steam-powered superyacht, S.S. Delphine going under the hammer with a price tag of $50 million. Magnum office in it's size and passenger experience, this is known to be the last vessel floating, powered with a steam based engine. It can carry 36 guests at any point of time, while hosting a gathering of 150, and also 24 crew members. So, those interested about luxurious 'floating' history, could certainly look this one to shell their money on it.
The vessel is known to have an interesting history through the years. Built in 1921 by Great Lakes Engineering Works, for Horace Dodge, the entire vessel was damaged heavily during a fire in 1926. Horace Dodge's wife, Anna Dodge had ordered the complete restoration before set sailing again. Then, the vessel was known to have hit large rock in the Great Lakes and people thought that it would sink totally. Hopefully, the damages were far minor compared to that and it survived that period too. Then it went to war during the 2nd World War, and is known to have been used by Admiral Ernest King, the then chief of US Naval Operations. It was on this vessel that world leaders like President Theodore Roosevelt had met to discuss war time strategy.
The restored 78.5 meter SS Delphine had work done on it in 2003, whereby it received 2 VIP cabins, and 9 other double cabins for passengers. Also, there was work done to restore the original glory including 6-person Turkish Bath, sauna, dressing salon, and large rooms the yacht boasts of. Most of the wood work seen on the vessel, is Honduran mahogany which has been used in the interior areas since 1927.
Some of the most mentionable room include the formal dining room, where more than 77 people can gather at the same time. Then there is the gymnasium, indoor jacuzzi, private swimming pool on the deck, and also a private music room built in line with the old heritage of the vessel in those days. There is also a black grand piano on board, which used to be main source of entertainment during the hay-days of the SS Delphine. For soaking in the sun and enjoying a meal, there is a separate dining area on the aft deck of the yacht which itself can accommodate between 8-10 adults in it. The bar is just beside the area for a drink during Odysseys at sea.
The engine of the yacht is also an interesting thing to look at, when it comes to studying how boats were previously powered to sail. There are 2 separate engines of 1,500 HP Quadruple Steam Expansion design, along with 2 MTU V8 generators. The consumption rate of fuel averages around 600 liters to the hour, with a total capacity of 190,000 liters in entirety. Due to the high volume of guests on board, there is a 50,000 liter water storing area serving throughout all areas of the vessel.
The SS Delphine has been on charter previously, but not many have taken it as yet, due to the high fuel consumption rate, and also the maintenance of it. But for those who would collect it as a jewel, and a private excursion vessel, it would certainly be one of the better known yachts to flaunt in one collection.