Octopus (yacht)

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Octopus
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Octopus in Antibes, July 21, 2009
History
Name: Octopus
Owner: Jody Allen
Port of registry:  Cayman Islands
Builder: Lürssen
Yard number: 13622
Completed: 2003
Identification:
General characteristics
Class and type: LR motor yacht
Tonnage: 9,932
Displacement: TBC tonnes
Length: 126.20 m (414.0 ft)
Beam: 21.00 m (68.90 ft)
Draft: 5.66 m (18.6 ft)
Installed power:
  • 8 diesel engines
  • total 19,200 hp (14,300 kW)
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed:
  • max: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
  • cruise: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity: 26
Crew: 57

Octopus is a 414-foot (126 m) megayacht formerly owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It is one of the world's largest yachts. Launched in 2003, Octopus is a private vessel that is regularly lent out for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions.[1]

Description[edit]

Octopus in Barbados, December 2, 2006
Octopus in Antibes Port Vauban, in 2009

Octopus has two helicopter[2] pads on the main deck, a twin pad and hangars at the stern and a single pad on the bow; and a 63-foot (19 m) tender docked in the transom and a landing craft. There are a total of seven tenders aboard. The yacht also has a pool, located aft on one of its upper decks,[3] and two submarines (one of them operated by remote control and capable of attaining greater depths). The latter was lent to Google Earth for the "Explore the Ocean" project.[3] Side hatches at the water line form a dock for Personal Water Craft.

The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects and built by the German shipbuilders Lürssen in Bremen and HDW[4] in Kiel. The interior was by designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle.

History[edit]

Octopus was built-in 2003 and refitted in 2008. It was owned by Paul Allen, who also owned Tatoosh, another of the world's 100 largest yachts[5], and RV Petrel, a highly advanced deep water research vessel.

Allen loaned Octopus, which is equipped with a submarine and ROV, for a variety of rescue and research operations. These include assisting in a hunt for an American pilot and two officers whose plane disappeared off Palau, and loaning his yacht to scientists to study the coelacanth, a "living fossil" that was once believed to be extinct.

In January 2011, while en route to Antarctica, one of its helicopters was forced to make an emergency landing in the waters off the coast of Argentina. While the helicopter was severely damaged, there was no loss of life, with only the co-pilot suffering minor injuries. Allen was not aboard at the time.[6][7]

In 2012, he loaned the ship to the Royal Navy in their attempt to retrieve the ship's bell from the Admiral-class battlecruiser HMS Hood, which sank to a depth of 9,000 feet (2,700 m) in the Denmark Strait during World War II, as a national memorial. HMS Hood was hit by a shell from the German battleship Bismarck; its magazines exploded and the ship sank in minutes with a loss of over 1,400 lives. The bell was located but not recovered, due to adverse weather conditions.

In March 2015, an Allen-led research team announced that it had found the Japanese battleship Musashi in the Sibuyan Sea off the coast of the Philippines.[8] Armed with 46 cm (18.1 in) main guns and displacing 72,800 tonnes (74,000 tons) at full load, Musashi and its sister ship Yamato were the largest and most heavily armed battleships in naval history.[9]

On 7 August 2015 it was announced that the bell from HMS Hood had been recovered by the ROV operating from the yacht Octopus. After conservation, the bell was put on display in 2016 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, England.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  2. ^ "The Wild World of Paul Allen". Daily News. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Madeline Stone (21 May 2015). "11 crazy facts about Paul Allen's $200 million superyacht". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  4. ^ "OCTOPUS Yacht | Superyacht by Lürssen". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. ^ "Superyacht owner, philanthropist and adventurer Paul Allen passes away". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Allen's yacht helicopter in emergency landing". Reuters. 31 January 2011.
  7. ^ Golliver, Ben (31 January 2011). "Portland Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen's Helicopter Crashed, Allen Not Aboard, Co-Pilot Suffers 'Minor Injuries'". Blazer's Edge.
  8. ^ "More details about warship recovery by superyacht Octopus". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  9. ^ "Japan's WW2 'Musashi Battleship Wreck Found'". BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 August 2017.

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Media related to Octopus (ship, 2003) at Wikimedia Commons