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.

Do you know something about Blue Bird - The restored Gentleman’s Yacht? - you can register or log on to add your own page.

Add a Photo of this Yacht | Add a Video of this Yacht 


No Comments - Share Your Thoughts

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More Blue Bird - The restored Gentleman’s Yacht Information:

  1. Corsica Yacht Charter on board Superyacht CALLIOPE
    Yacht Charter

    Corsica Yacht Charter on board Superyacht CALLIOPE

    February 27, 2015 by Yacht Charter

    A beautiful vessel cruising around beautiful places! Italy and France charter yacht Calliope is ready for summer cruising, offering unforgettable West Mediterranean yacht vacations, in the lap of luxury and …


  2. Marlow Explorer 97E yacht to make her debut at FLIBS 2012
    10 Biggest Yachts In The World

    Marlow Explorer 97E yacht to make her debut at FLIBS 2012

    September 13, 2012 by 10 Biggest Yachts In The World

    The recognized Flag Blue Awlgrip hull of the Marlow Explorer 97E yacht is topped by her gleaming and porcelainlike superstructure and Burmese Golden Teak decks. 97-3 yacht features four twin …


  3. 10 Exceptional luxury charter yachts available in Croatia for the upcoming Mediterranean charter season
    Yacht Charter

    10 Exceptional luxury charter yachts available in Croatia for the upcoming Mediterranean charter season

    March 8, 2012 by Yacht Charter

    CharterWorld has selected 10 exceptional and luxuriously appointed charter yachts currently available for cruises around the beautiful Croatian coastline, acclaimed to be one of the best luxury charter vacation cruising …