Project Description

Yachting | 2020 | Text: Sven Petersen

At the end of the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century Charles Fahnestock was regarded as one of the richest bankers in America. And what were the most solvent people doing back then? That’s right, they too were already interested in yachts. Fahnestock’s dream yacht, which the former financial advisor Abraham Lincolns had built at Townsend & Downey in New York, had an enormous length of 54.30 metres. He called her “Shenandoah”, always had numerous celebrities on board and celebrated parties at and with her until his death. It was the first, delicate forerunner of yachting as is common practice on French and Italian coasts today.

Since then the yacht has changed owners several times until a German owner finally saved her from being scrapped in the early 1990s. He sold her then to her current Italian owner. Like many lucky “Shenandoah” owners before him, he has been cultivating this maritime heritage continuously and gradually refitting several details to resemble the original 1902 condition. In order to meet the needs of charter guests, a modern entertainment system was installed, and numerous toys were purchased. The 117-year-old lady “Shenandoah” swims – partly – on the height of time and still exudes the feeling to be on the way with a ship from another epoch. With a charter price starting from 105,000 Euros per week, up to eleven guests (eight adults and three children) can perhaps spend the holidays of their lives on her…