Sunday, August 8, 2010

Niarchos family - Atlantis II - Hellenic - 115 metres - 1981

Superyacht Atlantis II was built for Stavros Niarchos (3 July 1909 – 16 April 1996) and is still owned by the Niarchos family.
She is a sistership to Issham Al Baher, built in 1973 also for Stavros Niarchos. Superyacht Issham al Baher was later sold to John Latsis who gave her to Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

These are rare interior pictures of superyacht  Issham Al Baher.

Stavros Niarchos founded Niarchos Ltd., an international shipping company that at one time operated more than 80 tankers worldwide. In 1952, he built the first supertankers capable of transporting large quantities of oil. His naval rival, Aristotle Onassis, did the same in 1952. In 1956 the Suez Canal Crisis considerably increased the demand for the type of large tonnage ships that Niarchos owned. Business flourished and he became a billionaire. After the oil crisis of 1973, Stavros Niarchos sold off some of his companies and launched into finances and the diamond trade. In the 1980s, he came more and more often to Geneva, from where he managed his business around the globe. The Golden Greek, as his fellow countrymen liked to call him, retired in the nineties to his main residence in Saint-Moritz, in the Swiss canton Graub├╝nden, where he devoted a lot of time to his favorite sport, skiing.

In 1956 Niarchos acquired the important art collection of actor Edward G. Robinson and over the years put together one of the world's most significant collections with more than one hundred Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. In 1989, he purchased Picasso's self-portrait "Yo Picasso" for $47,850,000, plus he acquired works by Van Gogh, Goya, El Greco, and Rubens.
Stavros Niarchos began investing in thoroughbred horse racing in the early 1970s when he put together a highly successful stable of racehorses that competed in France and the United Kingdom. He eventually acquired the Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard horse breeding farm in Neuvy-au-Houlme, France and Oak Tree Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where in 1984 he bred his most successful horse, Miesque. Niarchos was the leading owner in France twice (1983, 1984) and topped the breeders' list three times (1989, 1993, 1994).

After his death in 1996, his daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaz├ę took charge of the racing operations. She continued to build on his success, and in 2004 her colt Bago won France's most important race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Stavros Niarchos died in 1996, in Zurich. He is buried in the family tomb in Lausanne.

Technical details (

Yacht type: Motor Yacht

Length Overall (m): 115.82 Length Overall (ft): 379.99
Length Waterline (m): 104.40 Length Waterline (ft): 342.52
Beam (m): 14.40 Beam (ft): 47.24
Draught Max (m): 4.29 Draught Max (ft): 14.07

Shipyard: Hellenic Shipyards S.A.
Year: 1981
Naval Architect: Maierform Maritime Technology GmbH
Exterior Designer: Caesar Pinnau

Hull Material: Steel
Gross Tonnage: 3243

Engines: 2 x 4800 HP 12V No Stops Pielstick Diesels

Propulsion: Twin Screw

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