About the Sea Cloud Sea Cloud is a unique and romantic sailing vessel, with a fascinating history. She is a four-masted barque, spreading some 32,000 square feet of canvas across 30 sails. She offers all the thrill of a traditional windjammer, and the luxury and comfort of a modern cruise ship. Fully air conditioned, her interior decor in staterooms and public areas harks back to when she was a private yacht, hosting the likes of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Dinner on Sea Cloud is like an invitation to dine with friends. Each evening, you meet informally in the beautifully appointed restaurant – the former salon – and dine in a magical atmosphere. Formal attire is expected only at the welcome and farewell dinners. And there is no arranged seating, so you are free to meet new people each evening.
Built as Hussar in the Krupp shipyard in Kiel, Germany, in 1931, as a present from financier E.F. Hutton for his wife, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, she was the largest sailing yacht ever commissioned. She carried the Huttons in elegant luxury to destinations around the globe, including Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and the Galapagos Islands.
When the Huttons were divorced in 1935, Marjorie took possession of the yacht and renamed her Sea Cloud. In the years before WWII, Sea Cloud sailed in Europe, where Marjorie and her new husband, Joseph E. Davies, then the American ambassador in Moscow, hosted politicians, diplomats, and several crowned heads of state. Sea Cloud served for a time as a floating diplomatic palace in Leningrad.
During the war, Sea Cloud was 'chartered' (for the grans sum of $1.00!) by the U.S. Coast Guard as a floating weather station. Many private yachts were pressed into service during the war to patrol, search for submarines, and monitor weather. Sea Cloud's towering masts and proud bowsprit were removed, her hull painted grey, and she was fitted with deck guns and anti-submarine weapons. She roamed the North Atlantic from the Azores to Greenland, radioing weather data every four hours to Arlington, Virginia.
After the war, it took almost four years for Joe & Marjorie to rebuild Sea CloudFor the next several years, Sea Cloud sailed mainly on the east coast of the United States, until Marjorie sold her in 1955 to Rafael Trujillo, then dictator of the Dominican Republic, who renamed her. She was sold yet again after Trujillo's assassination in 1961. In 1978, a ship's captain and a German citizen, Hartmut Paschberg, with a group of businessmen from Hamburg, acquired the vessel and renamed her Sea Cloud. In late 1979, after extensive repair, she began carrying passengers under her new Maltese flag.
The Sea Cloud at a Glance
Berths: 32 Staterooms / 64 Berths Crew: 60 Length:360 feet Ft Beam:50 feet Ft Draft:17 feet Ft
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