The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The only one yacht that participated in the military operations and shipwrecked was the Black Sea wheeled imperial “Livadia”. Its construction began in 1869.

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The yacht looked rather unusual: the yacht itself (the higher body) represented the boat cut at the waterline 79,25m long and 33,53m wide placed on the elleptic ponton (lower body) 71,63 m long and 46,63 m wide. In the middle section it was not higher than 5,49m, the bottom was flat, with three keels. It was often called “the bull on the halibut”.

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The construction of the lower yacht frame was unique. It provided unprecedented for that time level of subdivision.

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

“Livadia” in Neapol, May, 1881

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Dining room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

In the sitting room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Smoking place

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Private room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

One of the bedrooms

The Imperial Sailing Palace

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Boudoir

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Private room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

In the sitting room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Part of the dining room

The Imperial Sailing Palace

Blockship “Opyt” (“Experience”) (former “Livadia”). In the foreground – mine cruiser “Kazarsky”.

In April 1883 the yacht turned into a ship “Opyt”, it was intended for transportation of troops and military equipment. But it sooner was used as barracks or a storehouse. It had been standing in Sevastopol till 1926 when it was written off once and for all.

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1 thought on “The Imperial Sailing Palace”

  1. As I seem to recall the lower hull was designed in this way to increase the stability of the craft.

    Apparently one/or more of the royal passengers had some trouble with sea sickness.

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