Bill Noramin

Blue Bird – The restored Gentleman’s Yacht

November 25, 2008 by Bill Noramin
Blue Bird - The restored Gentleman’s Yacht
Designer: Scottish naval architects G.L. Watson
Base Location: United Kingdom
Country Built: United Kingdom
Hull Material/Type: steel
Naval Architect: Scottish naval architects G.L. Watson
Yacht Class: Motor
Operating Locations: England, United Kingdom

In 2007 Astilleros de Mallorca completed the restoration of his classic gentleman’s M/Y Blue Bird.
The restoration, however started in the spring of 2004.

Before commencing the restoration the owner had been looking at many classic yachts together with his broke, Nick Edmiston. Non of which matched what he was looking for. It was William Collier, who had just taken over the legendary G.L. Watson design studio, who told them about M/Y Blue Bird.

The owner of the yacht was a former Dutch deep-sea captain, who had used the yacht for daytrips around Rotterdam for almost a decade. The Dutch owner was represented by Daan Balk, and by the end of the day Blue Bird was sold!

History of this beautiful Motor Yacht Blue Bird goes back as far as to 1938, when she was launched from Goole Shipyard as Bleu Bird IV for Sir Malcolm Campbell.
She was originally designed by Scottish naval architects G.L. Watson. She was designed to be an ocean going yacht, used by Sir Malcolm for treasure hunting in the Cocos Islands in the Pacific. She never made it, however, to the Pacific. She was requisitioned in 1940 and went to Dunkirk to assist in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force.

In 1941 she patrolled off Liverpool. Here she was almost blown up by a bomb, but later that same year she left for Northern Ireland. There she was to patrol the coast off Ulster and Eire.
When the Blue Bird was finally decommissioned, Sir Malcolm Campbell was too old to undertake long voyages. He died in 1948. Five years later the yacht was sold.

When Jean-Louis Renault bought her in 1958 she was named Sterope.Then for the next 25 years she was named Janick. She cruised extensively through the Mediterranean, she could be chartered for $600/day.

In 1973 her new Californian owner Mr Golberg painted her green. In 1986 she was bought by Mr Bob Harvey-George, who sailed her back to United Kingdom. . Major modifications were made that returned the yacht close to her original profile. Nine years have passed and she was sold to the Dutch former deep-sea captain in 1995. Based in Rotterdam, she undertook daytrips and cruises to the Baltic and the South Coast of England during the summer.

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