Classic Yacht Restored for Charter

The 165-foot Malahne, originally built in 1937, launches from Pendennis Shipyard.

classic yacht Malahne

classic yacht Malahne

Pendennis Shipyard has relaunched the 165-foot Malahne, which was built in 1937 by Camper & Nicholsons. The classic yacht is now accepting charter bookings through Edmiston and Company for the summer season in the Mediterranean.

Malahne originally was commissioned by W.L. Stephenson, the chairman of Woolworths in the United Kingdom who already owned the J-Class sailing yacht Velsheda. Malahne was later commandeered for military use during World War II, including taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, France. After the war, the yacht had several owners and was acquired by movie producer Sam Spiegel in 1960. He used her as, among other things, a floating production office during filming of Lawrence of Arabia, and he welcomed guests including Kirk Douglas, Jack Nicholson and Greta Garbo aboard.

The restoration work just completed at Pendennis took 30 months, and the shipyard describes the effort as “one of the most ambitious restorations of all time.” The yacht’s original elegance was restored while modernizing her systems to make her fully classed by Lloyd’s Register and compliant with the MCA Code.

Nicholas Edmiston, the chairman of Edmiston and Company, was instrumental in finding the current owner and pulling together a team to oversee the project. G.L. Watson & Co. handled exterior design and crew-space interiors. Oliver Laws worked on the Art Deco interior design, tasked by the owner with making Malahne "look as if she had been in continuous ownership since she was built."

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