Saddam Hussein's yachts were once signs of luxury. Now, one is a wrecked picnic spot for fishermen and the other was almost turned into a hotel.

  • Saddam Hussein's yachts were once luxurious signs of the dictator's power.
  • One boat is now a wrecked picnic site for fisherman. Another was reportedly almost a hotel.
  • Photos show these yachts today as Iraqi officials debate what to do with them. 

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Saddam Hussein's superyachts were once symbols of luxury, built in the 1980s and fitted with spacious presidential suites, marble tile, and various amenities.

But decades after his death, Hussein's vessels have met very different fates: one remains wrecked in a river —a picnic site for fishermen — while the another nearly became a hotel. 

The "Al-Mansur" multimillion-dollar yacht was once fitted to the personal requirements of Hussein, featuring gold trimming and an impressive atrium, according to Superyacht Content. Although it was never boarded by Hussein, the almost 400-foot boat remained moored at port for safekeeping. 

When US forces invaded Iraq in March 2003, the "Al-Mansur" was a juicy target. Troops destroyed the boat, leaving it to sink in the Shatt al-Arab waterway. 

20 years later, any sign of wealth or glamour is gone. "Al-Mansur" has been looted and stripped, its right side sunk deep into the riverbed. 

But fishermen told Reuters it's not such a bad outcome. "When it was owned by the former president, no one could come close to it," said fisherman Hussein Sabahi, who enjoys a cup of tea on the wreck after a long day of fishing. 

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"I can't believe that this belonged to Saddam and now I'm the one moving around it," he added.

Some Iraqis told Reuters they think the wreck should be preserved for history. Others say governments, which have not funded any preservation efforts, are right to leave it to the river. 

Another one of Hussein's superyachts, the 270-foot "Bashrah Breeze," was built in 1981 for $25 million, or $100 million today, according to Yacht Harbour.

After Hussein's execution in 2006, ownership of the boat changed hands a few times.

But in 2008, a Cayman Island entity put the yacht up for sale, according to Boat International. NPR reported at the time that the boat — fitted with gold faucets, swimming pools, and a rocket launching system — could sell for as much as $35 million. 

But it wasn't sold. Iraq stepped in and courts decided the "Bashrah Breeze" belonged to the government. 

Since then, the yacht's briefly hosted researchers from Basra University on a marine trip, as reported by Yacht Harbour. At the time, officials said it was in good condition and functioning well.

In 2018, reports that "Bashrah Breeze" would be made into a hotel for pilots made international headlines. This was disputed by the former Director of the Marine Science Center at Basra University Ali Douabul, who told Boat International the rumors were "completely wrong."

"If they'd used it for pilots, they would have ruined it in no time. It's never been used as such. I got a very, very unpleasant call from the minister about that."

It's unclear if the boat will be made into a museum or moored somewhere permanently.

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Just a few hundred metres separate the grandiose vessels on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Iraq's southern city of Basra but, despite their proximity, they have met very different fates.

The Al-Mansur (Victorious) now lays on its side, having capsized after it was struck during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq that ended Saddam's decades of iron-fisted rule.

Moored at a nearby quay, the Basrah Breeze -- equipped with swimming pools and at one time a missile launcher -- is by contrast partially open to curious spectators eager to board this relic of the war-scarred country's past.

"Everyone who comes is amazed by the luxury of the yacht," said Sajjad Kadhim, an instructor at the University of Basra's maritime science centre which now has jurisdiction over the boat and uses it as a base for its research projects.

But to the surprise of many visitors, Saddam never sailed aboard the Basrah Breeze, which at a length of 82 metres (90 yards) was just one example of the former ruler's extravagance.

The interior of the vessel is like a time capsule, bearing all the gilded trimmings typical of the late strongman's vast collection of properties.

The yacht's presidential suite is decorated in golden and cream tones with a king-sized canopy bed and plush, 18th-century style armchairs, while the vast bathrooms are embellished with golden faucets.

During his nearly 24 years in power, Saddam was not known to spare any expense, and the Basrah Breeze, delivered in 1981, was no exception.

With a capacity to board nearly 30 passengers and 35 crew, the boat has 13 rooms, three lounge areas and a helipad.

Perhaps most impressive is a secret corridor leading to a submarine, offering an escape from any imminent threats, as noted on an information panel on the boat.

"While the Iraqi people were living through the horrors of war and an embargo, Saddam owned such a ship," said Kadhim, 48, decrying the "wastefulness of the former regime".

Fearing the repercussions of the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s, Saddam had given the boat to Saudi Arabia, before it travelled on to Jordan, Kadhim explained.

By 2007, the vessel had come to be moored in Nice, France, where a year later it became the centre of a protracted legal dispute.

Iraqi authorities had claimed ownership over the Basrah Breeze after having discovered plans to sell it for nearly $35 million by a company registered in the Cayman Islands.

With its claim to the boat finally recognised, the Iraqi government in 2009 decided to moor the boat in Basra, having been unable to sell it.

"What I like is the old equipment, the fax and the old telephones in the cockpit," university professor Abbas al-Maliki told AFP. "It reminds me of the pre-internet era."

'Costly and difficult'

The state of the Basrah Breeze is a far cry from the Al-Mansur, half-submerged, its rusty carcass protruding from the waters of Shatt al-Arab.

Measuring 120 metres in length and weighing more than 7,000 tonnes, the former presidential yacht had been assembled in Finland and delivered to Iraq in 1983, according to the website of Danish designer Knud E. Hansen.

It has a capacity of 32 passengers and 65 crew members.

In the period just before the US-led invasion two decades ago, the Al-Mansur had been moored in the Gulf.

But Saddam would later send it up along the Shatt al-Arab "to protect it from bombardment by American planes", according to maritime engineer Ali Mohamed.

"This was a failure," he added.

According to Basra's former chief of heritage Qahtan al-Obeid, in March 2003 "several raids were launched on the yacht over a number of days.

"It was bombed at least three times, but it never sank," he said.

In pictures taken by an AFP photographer in 2003, Al-Mansur can be seen still floating on the water, its top floors charred from a fire that erupted due to the bombing.

But by June of that year, the boat was already tipping precariously.

It tilted heavily "when the motors were stolen. This created openings and the water rushed in, causing it to lose balance," Obeid said.

In a country wracked by decades of war, the authorities launched a campaign to clear the flotsam of smaller boats stranded in Shatt al-Arab.

But Al-Mansur "is a very big boat, it has to be dismantled then removed," said Obeid, a process that would be "costly and difficult".

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The 82m Basrah Breeze superyacht, built for  Saddam Hussein in 1981, has been turned into a hotel. The yacht is to be specifically used as a hotel facility by pilots who guide shipping in and out of the port of Basra in southern Iraq.

The $30 million superyacht was built for the late Iraqi president by a Danish shipyard, but Hussein never set foot on it.

Basrah Breeze spent most of its life abroad, but after a court battle, the Iraqi government got the yacht back on its shore in 2010. After failing to find a buyer, due to its hefty price tag, the government lent it to Basra University to use it as a marine research vessel.

Basrah Breeze is now moored it permanently in Basra and has become a hotel for shipping pilots, many of whom don’t permanently live in the Iraqi city.

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“The presidential yacht is in a very good condition. Its two engines and generators are functioning,” Reuters reports its captain Abdul-Zahra Abdul-Mahdi Saleh, saying. “It only needs periodic maintenance.”.

“The port needs the boat to be a station where sea pilots can rest,” Reuters reports Basra port spokesman Anmar al-Safi as saying.

Basrah Breeze boasts Hussein’s presidential suite, large dining rooms, dozens of bedrooms,  17 smaller guest cabins  and 18 crew cabins. It was plushly decorated for the dictator and his quarters boast silk curtains and even a gold rimmed bathroom.

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Saddam Hussein's yachts

April 20 2020

Written by François Meyer - Yachting Art

1979, on the Amalfi Coast. A tall, martial-looking man is received with his entourage and with great pomp by a member of the Saudi royal family on board his yacht. If the conversations led, in the first place, to important arms deliveries, they also led to an astonishing decision of President Saddam Hussein: to build a 120-metre yacht...

Al Mansur, Saddam Hussein's second yacht...

Al Mansur, Saddam Hussein's second yacht...

There is no way that the prestige of the new Iraq, led in the shadows for the past ten years by the dashing Saddam Hussein, 46 years old and now president, can suffer a comparison with the petromonarchies of the Gulf...  

Thus the Helsingor Vaerft shipyard (Denmark) received the order (of 100 million dollars) for a motor yacht capable of competing with the largest and most luxurious floating palaces in the world. According to legend, the boat was paid for in advance and in cash...

The Qadisiyah Saddam, Saddam Hussein's first yacht

The Qadisiyah Saddam, Saddam Hussein's first yacht

The Qadisiyah Saddam

Battle of Qadisiyah

The Battle of Qadisiyah victoriously pitted Iraqi Muslims against Persian Iranians in the 7th century. This name, synonymous with victory in the Iraqi imagination, seemed to be the only one worthy of being attached to the dictator's august first name.

With a total length of 82 m for 13 m wide and 3.60 m draught, the Qadisiyah Saddam, had a range of 7000 NM at 18 knots thanks to its two Man engines developing a total power of 8000 HP.

Saddam Hussein's bedroom aboard his first yacht

Built on the theme of a 5***** seaside hotel of the 1970s, a decade in which President Hussein was fond of sideboards and sunglasses, the yacht had 10 double cabins, 4 twins and an owner's suite for a crew of 35 members.

Equipped with a cinema, several swimming pools, a helipad, saunas, hammams and silverware for 100 guests, the Iraqi presidential yacht also had a Mosque (strange for a secular dictator) and, to top it all off, gold taps...

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Saddam was not neglecting his security: The dictator came from the security services and did not underestimate the risks that a particular group or country could pose to him in the midst of the Cold War and the Iran-Iraq conflict.

He had the ship equipped with two retractable turrets with SA9 Gaskin anti-aircraft missiles, 13 cm thick bulletproof glass, a helipad and an operation/resuscitation room.

But also, and here we are in the 1980s, a feature worthy of James Bond at the time: a mini-submarine to which the shipowner could access directly from his suite...

Delivered in 1981, the yacht remained anchored in Basrah (Basra) on the tiny Iraqi seafront, where it remained until 1986, when it was chased away by an air attack from the Iranian Pasdarans seeking to neutralize the port.

From Basrah, Saddam took the boat to the safe waters of Jeddah, capital of the Sunni Saudi friend and sworn enemy of the Shiite Iranians at war with Saddam's Iraq. It will remain there long after my death of its owner, who never used the yacht...

Renamed Ocean Breeze , then Basrah Breeze , she was sent to Nice in 2007 to be sold. The Iraqi government tried to seize it, but the opaque fiscal arrangement, customary in the world of Superyachts, left a doubt about its owner, the Iraqis, the Saudi dynasty or its Hashemite counterpart, from Jordan.

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One year later, the proof of the boat's belonging to the Republic of Iraq is made, making its sale possible. In the absence of a buyer, repatriated to Basra, it will first serve as a research platform for the local university before finishing, in 2018, converted into a floating hotel for Iraqi port pilots in Basra!  Back to the people!

The Al Mansour (Al Mansur), Saddam Hussein's second yacht, a gift from the Saudis

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Named after the Iraqi Caliph Al Mansour, meaning "The Victorious", who founded the kingdom of Iraq in an 8th century battle, this boat is a gift to Saddam Hussein from his Saudi friends. They greatly appreciated his war against the regime of the Iranian Shiite mullahs and will express their thanks to him in this way in 1982.

Ordered from the Finnish shipyards Wartsila in 1982 and completed in 1983, it was delivered the following year to the Iraqis via Morocco.

With a length of 120 m, 17.5 m beam and 5.5 m draught, and a power of 28,000 HP, she was at the time one of the largest and most impressive yachts in the world.

Offering 10 cabins for its guests, the banqueting room and silverware on board could accommodate no less than 200 guests on board served by the 60 crew members.

The saloon was lit by a glass dome more than 10 m above the ground.

Characteristics of a warship

The Saudis were very concerned about their friend's safety, so they had the ship built like a warship, judge for yourselves: a specially suspended motorization to make it difficult to be detected by submarines, armoured decks and planking, as well as the equipment present on Saddam's first yacht (unused and immobilized in Jeddah), anti-aircraft missiles, bullet-proof windows, underwater camera for anti-swimming combat surveillance, helipad, operating room and always a mini submarine accessible directly from the shipowner's suite. ..

It is interesting to note the care taken by the Saudis at that time to maintain their good relations with Saddam Hussein. Indeed, some ten years later, the international coalition planes took off from bases in the Saudi desert to destroy the Iraqi army in Kuwait and then, even later, in Iraq. The friendship of peoples is ephemeral...

The USA demolishes Saddam's toy...

The first Gulf War left Iraqi territory under the control of Saddam Hussein's regime, leaving its port infrastructure and his ship, anchored in Basra, intact.

During the second Gulf War, among the thousands of air missions carried out against Iraq, two American F14 TOMCATs (those from the film Topgun) launched, on 27 March 2003, from the bridge of the USS Constellation for a special mission towards the inner port of Basra...

The American pilots are armed with 500 pound MK82 land bombs that they drop, at the goal, at the first pass over the target, the presidential yacht Al Mansur. The Al Mansur is hit, ignites and capsizes the next day. Irrecoverable, it will be scrapped 3 years later.

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Saddam Hussein's Lavish Yacht Is Now a Scientific Research Boat

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The 270-foot yacht, recently renamed Basrah Breeze , has had a weird life. As Nat Geo says:

Originally called  Qadissiyat Saddam  (the name is a reference to a 7th century battle in which Arabs triumphed over Persia), the boat was built in Denmark at a time when Iraq—then an ally of the U.S.—was locked in a bloody fight with Iran. The boat couldn't be safely delivered, and it ended up moored in Oman for years as the war dragged on. 

During the '80s, Saddam Hussein gave the vessel to King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who later gave it to King Hussein of Jordan. His son sent the ship to the south of France. After the U.S. invasion and Saddam's demise, Iraq wanted its boat back, and a court granted its wish in 2008. But Iraq couldn't manage to sell the gilded albatross, and so it had to bring it home and find a use for it.

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The yacht finally got a new life when a series of University of Basra professors got a hold of it. Last year, they used the opulent watercraft to explore a recently discovered coral reef off the country's coast. The scientists want to go back—they just have to figure out how to pay to fuel up this monstrosity. It can carry 200 tons of diesel. 

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Looking for a new boat? Saddam Hussein’s luxury yacht is about to be put up for sale. The 270-foot yacht, named “Ocean Breeze,” boasts numerous swimming pools, salons, a mosque, and — naturally — a missile launcher. Plus, if you need a quick escape, there’s a secret passage that’ll take you to a mini-submarine beneath the ship. What more could a millionaire want?

The boat was built with gold and marble and has expensive mahogany furniture. The problem, though, was that both the Iraqi government and the king of Jordan claimed they owned it. The king said Saddam had given the yacht to him and tried putting it up for sale himself several months ago. Iraqi officials, though, pointed out that they have a “right to recover” the property of their nation’s former dictator, and they ultimately won the legal battle.

For what it’s worth, the Jordan king had placed a pricetag of $34.5 million on Saddam Hussein’s luxury yacht. Now, some brokers tell the BBC such a sale could be tough to pull off, with the current financial situation and the fact that the yacht is “not up to the standards of more modern yachts,” being that it has no helipad or gym. Including the missile launcher and hidden escape tunnel but forgetting the gym — hey, it’s a mistake we’ve all made.

The boat is currently docked near the city of Nice. Saddam Hussein, it is believed, never actually used it due to fears over what would happen if he were to leave Iraq.

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Ownership Dispute Clouds Sale of Saddam's Luxury Yacht

PARIS – For sale: A palatial pleasure yacht with swimming pools, opulent salons and, should the winds of war blow, a rocket launcher and mini-submarine.

The sale of the 269-foot Ocean Breeze, built for Saddam Hussein and docked on the French Riviera, could be thwarted, however, if Iraq can prove it belongs to someone in the late dictator's entourage — and now, therefore, to the government in Baghdad.

A court hearing will likely be held in March to determine the rightful owner.

The government in Baghdad suspects the yacht, which French authorities seized on Jan. 31, is still Iraqi. But the posh yacht brokerage firm Nigel Burgess says other owners, whom it will not name, have asked it to sell the vessel. The price has reportedly been set at $35 million.

Viewing is strictly forbidden, but several photos of the interior on the Internet site of Nigel Burgess show an opulent Middle East-style decor in blue and gold hues that match the azure sea at sunset.

A desert fox more than a sailor, Saddam never used the boat he had built in 1981, according to a lawyer representing the Iraqi government, Ardavan Amir-Aslani.

In fact, it barely spent time in Iraqi waters. As war with Iran raged, the vessel was moved to the safety of Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port of Jiddah in 1986.

The vessel was originally called "Qadisiyah Saddam." The name appears to have been an attempt by Saddam to cast his war against Iran in Quranic context, drawing on an epic battle against the Sassanian Persian army that was part of the conquest of the region by the Arab Muslim army around A.D. 630.

Saddam often tried to cast the 8-year-long Iran-Iraq war in religious context, a push to shore up his image as the new Arab and Muslim leader staving off the onslaught of Shiite Persians.

The vessel reportedly remained at Jiddah until last fall, when it showed up in Nice with a new name, "Ocean Breeze," embossed on its streamlined white hulk, Amir-Aslani said.

Its ownership is now as uncertain as Iraq's shifting sands, shrouded in mystery and perhaps intrigue. A cohort of Saddam? A Saudi royal? Or a jet-setter hiding behind a shell company?

"The yacht was ordered and paid for by the Iraqi government at the beginning. That is certain," the lawyer said by telephone. Now, the Iraqis believe the vessel "may belong to Saddam's entourage."

"Iraq is basically trying to recover the money of the Iraqi people that was unlawfully transferred abroad," Amir-Aslani said.

The vessel, however, has a Caribbean connection. A "legal entity" incorporated in the Cayman Islands claims to own the boat, the lawyer said, but it is hiding the "beneficial owner." Whom that may be "is what we need to discover."

This is not the first time Iraq has sought the return from France of Saddam's treasures. Just months ago, it successfully reclaimed a villa in Cannes, Amir-Aslani said. Other cases are pending, but he refused to give details.

When it hears of assets that may belong to Saddam or his entourage, the lawyer said, "Iraq immediately reacts."

The vessel now bobs majestically in the port of Nice, an "extremely luxurious" gem, said Amir-Aslani, who paid a visit.

According to an account in the French daily Le Figaro, corroborated by Amir-Aslani, the Ocean Breeze, made for a 35-member crew, has about 10 rooms, several salons with large-screen TVs, pools, saunas, gold plumbing fixtures, a prayer room and a portable helicopter pad.

Less glamorous but more telling of Saddam's real-world concerns are the bulletproof windows, a missile-launching system — disarmed — and a secret passage leading to a mini-submarine for escape if the vessel comes under attack. It was unclear whether the mini-submarine is still part of the yacht, but the Le Figaro account implied that it is.

There have been other floating pleasure fortresses. A yacht that belonged to the late East German dictator Erich Honecker was built to withstand poison gas attacks.

"We understand the attraction of the history behind this vessel," Alev Karagulle of Nigel Burgess Yachts said of the Ocean Breeze. But its owners have ordered that "absolutely no information" be given to the media, she said.

Asked whether the owners contest the Iraqi government claim, she said, "I don't really know. They haven't commented on the situation."

"There have been some (yachts) in the last few decades that have attracted interest, but by and large not a lot of yachts garner this much media attention."

Superyachts, as monster luxury yachts are called, are the "ultimate status symbol for billionaires," said Phil Draper, editor of the British quarterly Superyacht Business. There are only about 30 in the world of this size or larger, he said.

Saddam actually had a larger yacht than the one in Nice, the Al-Mansur, named after the caliph who founded Baghdad. But it was bombed into a floating scrap heap by U.S. warplanes in 2003, the year Saddam's regime was toppled. The dictator was hanged in December 2006.

Iraq wants this one back — or the documents proving that someone else owns it.

Some unconfirmed reports claim the yacht was given to the king of Saudi Arabia, renamed Al-Yamamah and then passed on to the Jordanian monarch.

The Iraqi government attorney said the Nice commercial court was expected to convene in March, though a date has not been set.

If another owner, or his legal representative, does not show up, "it will make our job easier ... the court will only hear our arguments," the attorney said.

Karagulle said she felt "sure" the owners' representatives would attend.

The yacht's eventual sale should not be too tough if the market is any indication.

The market for superyachts "has gone absolutely crazy" over the last 15 years, said Draper, the expert, and "really accelerated" in the Middle East.

The Persian Gulf region "is a very aggressive environment for a boat" so costly refitting might be needed. But if the reported price of $35 million is accurate, it could be a bargain. Building the vessel today from scratch could cost upward of $150 million, Draper said.

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The windy Russian autumn weather might be a little bit tricky for sailing, but it doesn’t stop brave yachtsmen from all over the world from flocking to Russian capital in the beginning of September when the Moscow Yacht Show commences. The main Russian Yacht exhibition gathers professional and amateur yacht lovers together under the wing of The Royal Yacht Club.

This year it took place for a fourth time already. The exhibition is considered the principal event on the sporting and social calendar. The Moscow Yacht Show 2010 united in one area three of the largest Russian yachts distributors: Ultramarine, Nordmarine and Premium Yachts.

A wide range of yachts were on display for a week. An exhibition showcased yachts both from Russian manufacturers and world famous brands: Azimut, Princess, Ferretti, Pershing, Riviera, Doral, Linssen, etc.

It was a real feast for seafarers as visitors of the show had a unique chance not only to take a look at the newest superyachts before they hit the market, but also to evaluate their driving advantages during the test drive. The show provided an excellent opportunity for yacht enthusiasts to choose and buy a new boat for the next season.

The event started with the grandiose gala evening. It included grand dinner, the concert and professional awards ceremony for achievements in Russian yachting industry. The guests also enjoyed the annual regatta.

Special guest Paolo Vitelli, Azimut Benetti Group president, opened the evening.

Next year organizers assured guests they would bring more yachts, the scale of which will even make oligarch Roman Abramovich envious. Sounds very promising indeed.

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