One of the world's finest privately owned yachts - understood to be owned by vacuum cleaner entrepreneur James Dyson - was a visitor to the River Dart last weekend
This is Nahlin, recently re-built by Blohm + Voss in Germany and pictured last week end on the River Dart in Devon. The 300ft long yacht was originally built for Lady Annie Henrietta Yule in 1930 by the John Brown shipyard and was later owned by the Romanian Royal Family. She was also chartered in the 1930s by King Edward VIII and used by him and Mrs Wallis Simpson.
Nahlin was ‘discovered’ some years ago lying on the River Danube by yachting historian Dr. William Collier, who is the owner of the G.L. Watson naval architect firm responsible for Nahlin’s original design. The company has done much of the cataloguing and re-design work necessary to turn Nahlin into a yacht with a modern inventory.
Yacht broker Nicholas Edmiston arranged to have the vessel, which was originally steam-powered, shipped first to Falmouth, then to Liverpool and finally to Germany where the re-fit work has been underway for some years.
It has been reported that Nahlin is now owned by James Dyson of vacuum cleaner fame.