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the presidential yacht Galeb - 1

the presidential yacht Galeb - 1
Galeb was built 1938 in Genoa as the auxiliary cruiser Ramb III, destined for the banana trade between Africa and Italy. In 1943 it was taken over by the Germans and turned into a minelayer under the name Kiebitz. While in Rijeka it was sunk in 1944 by Allied aircraft. A shipsaving company from Split raised Kiebitz in 1948, after which it was taken to Pula where in 1952 it was reconstructed as a school ship of the Yugoslav Navy under the new name Galeb. President Tito then used the ship 27 years until his death for a total of 549 days, sailing 86062 nautical miles (159387 km) over the Adriatic and other seas on political missions. By Tito’s death, 102 world statesmen had stayed on Galeb.

Galeb is 117 metres long and 15 metres wide with a displacement of 5754 tonnes. It is powered by two Fiat diesel engines of 7200 horsepower. The ship first came to international attention in March 1953 when it brought Tito from Yugoslavia to the River Thames, following the invitation from the British Government headed by Prime Minister Churchill. It was the first visit to United Kingdom of a communist head of state. Tito loved the glamour the yacht conferred on his regime. He used it for parties, foreign visits and diplomacy. World leaders entertained there included Nikita Khrushchev, Muammar Gaddafi and Indira Gandhi. Tito was particularly excited to welcome Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who played Tito in the 1973 war epic "The Battle of Sutjeska".

Read more about the very interesting history of this ship here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galeb_(yacht)

Currently the ship should be restored and finished until 2020 when Rijeka will be cultural capital of Europe. Much work to do until then ;-)

Leo W, Gudrun, Hervé S., Richard Nuttall and 41 other people have particularly liked this photo


38 comments - The latest ones
Zulma
Zulma
Perfect presentation Berny!
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Zulma
Many thanks, glad you like it!
5 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Danke fürs Zeigen und für den interessanten Text ! Viel Arbeit bis 2020 !
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Ulrich John
Es ist mir ein Rätsel wie die das schaffen wollen.....
5 months ago.
Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew
Wahnsinn!!! Solche Motive....und Story dazu...
Bin gespannt ob die Zeit reicht für das Unternehmen..
Beeindruckt mich ganz schön;)
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Tanja - Loughcrew
Wird mit EU-Mitteln gefördert, also müssen Sie wohl restaurieren, sonst heißt es zurück zahlen ;-) Allerdings sehe ich dem mit gemischten Gefühlen entgegen, der Charme des Rostdampfers ist dann dahin, wenn das ein Museum wird.
5 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Very well captured.
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thanks a lot!
5 months ago.
Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard
Un résumé intéressant pour ce vieux yatch !! belle photo
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Hélène Lombard
Merci Hélène!
5 months ago.
Roger Whitehead
Roger Whitehead
Very interesting, and an interesting life she's led.
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Roger Whitehead
Thanks you Roger, indeed interesting!
5 months ago.
LotharW
LotharW
Ha, als ich das Vorschaubild sah, war mein erster Gedanke Bananen. Klar herrlich weiß - vor Jahrzehnten und immer noch irgendwie stolz!
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
Berny has replied to LotharW
Das Abendlicht macht es überhaupt noch "bananiger" ;-)) Danke Dir!
5 months ago.
Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo
und ich dachte schon, das ist ein Hartziel für die Torpedos....
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Boarischa Krautmo
Einmal wurde sie ja versenkt von den Alliierten......
5 months ago.
Boarischa Krautmo has replied to Berny
aber aus der Luft.......
das gilt nicht ;-)
5 months ago.
Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira
Stunning!
5 months ago.
Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker
Excellent! Seen on Explore.
5 months ago.
ME.
ME.
danke für die Info..spannend! und ein tolles Foto!
5 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Excellent !
5 months ago.
Guy Bacca
Guy Bacca
Imposant navire qui a traversé lie siècle dernier subissant la grandeur et la folie des hommes... Un important travail de restauration est prévu, mais il le mérite
Merci pour les informations
5 months ago.
J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot
Beautiful old lady, politicians notwithstanding…
And thank you very much for the history.
5 months ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
What a great and varied history this old lady has!
5 months ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
beautiful photo!
5 months ago.
Lore M. Ipsum
Lore M. Ipsum
Das schiff kenne ich doch von irgendwoher. Lass mal überlegen... die Titanic ist es nicht, dafür ist sie zu gerade. Ach, du hast es ja unter dem bild beschrieben (lesen sollte man können tun)...ein bananendampfer zwischen Togo und unserer Bananenrepublik ;-)
5 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Thanks for sharing this, I found it absolutely fascinating. It's has such an illustrious history that I find it sad to see it in such a state.

I really hope that it gets properly restored and gets put to good use again.

A wonderful shot Berny!
5 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Excellent and interesting documentary, it would be great to see her in a new light.
5 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Une série remarquable et bien présentée.
Bonne fin de semaine.
5 months ago.
Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd
Nicely composed shot of this interesting ship. Thanks for the record of her fascinating history.
5 months ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
A well taken image and fascinating background information.
5 months ago.
trester88
trester88
Bescheidene Jacht für einen Kommunistenführer!
5 months ago.
Marko Novosel
Marko Novosel
Yes,boat will be restored if something dont go really bad like for example if this crazy people that dont like Tito start protesting,it happened before...Croats are really fucked up people,insteed of being proud on a person of that caliber they are ashamed,really pathetic.
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Marko Novosel
Thanks for your comment Marko. I talked to some people in Rijeka and the avarage opinion about Tito can be summarized in a controversial "it was not all bad". This lead to a long discussion about ploitical systems in general, the cohabitation of different ethnic and religious groups, and the collapse of economy in Rijeka. I hope too, that the ship will be restored!
5 months ago.
Marko Novosel has replied to Berny
Most pro-Tito region is Istria and its also most advanced,that says it a lot.

from wikipedia:
His funeral drew many world statesmen,both of non-aligned and aligned countries.
Based on the number of attending politicians and state delegations,it is still regarded as the largest state funeral in history.
They included four kings,31 presidents,six princes,22 prime ministers and 47 ministers of foreign affairs. They came from both sides of the Cold War, from 128 different countries out of 154 UN members at the time.

Only people who had problems with him was nationalists and criminals from all over Balkan,our communism was very different from other countries like Czechoslovakia,Romania,Albania etc.
We could travel where ever we wanted and thats why most of his opponents left the country and work from outside,it was very toxic emigration.

When he died and right before start of the war political emigration come back and took the country,when war stoped they started to take over firms and business,this was economic and also intelectual dissaster from which we didnt recover till today.

Not to mention everything that was built in his time,not just here but all over the world,mostly in NAM by his architects and engineers,before by Austro-hungarian state,Roman empire.

"Something is very rotten..but not in Dennmark but in Croatia".
cheers
5 months ago.
Berny has replied to Marko Novosel
Thanks Marko for your interesting insight!
5 months ago.
Leo W
Leo W
Bei der Historie muss man sie wohl restaurieren. Da kann man wohl viel Geld verstecken.
5 months ago.
Scott Holcomb
Scott Holcomb
A coat of paint and she is good to go!
5 months ago.