'Hitler's yacht' spent almost 18 years in Jacksonville and was nothing but trouble

The notorious ostwind was finally sunk off miami beach 34 years ago.

ostwind yacht

On June 4, 1989, about 100 Holocaust survivors watched, applauding and crying, as the ramshackle remains of the boat known as "Hitler's yacht" slipped under the warm waters off Miami Beach, heading for the bottom for what a Jacksonville rabbi called its "watery grave."

But not so fast: The yacht had been declared dead and gone numerous times in its life, and there was still one twist left in its twisting story that saw the once luxurious vessel spend its last 18 years or so in various states of decrepitude in Jacksonville.

That's where it was when vandals snuck off with its sad remains and where it was when American Nazis dreamed of making it a shrine. It was also where an idealistic family gave up so much trying to restore it and where a burly boatyard owner later tried to figure out just how he could get rid of the damn thing.

The story behind Adolf Hitler's yacht: Trying to save the Ostwind became family affair in Jacksonville

First, though: The vessel almost certainly wasn't Adolf Hitler's personal yacht, though there were stories of him cavorting on it with mistress Eva Braun and tales of Nazi bigwigs taking it out for sailing parties.

Those were probably just stories. And the talk of the boat being cursed? Stories too, most likely.

But what is for certain is that the Ostwind, German for East Wind, was launched in 1939 from a Bremen boatyard three days after Hitler's army invaded Poland. The Ostwind and its sister ship, the Nordwind, were commissioned by the German government and designed by Hans Gruber, " Germany’s genius of yacht design," as one article dubbed him.

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It was 85 feet in length, sleek and fast and plush, with no expense spared. After the war, the U.S. seized it and used it as a Naval Academy training ship. It was later sold and ended up in South Florida where by 1969 it was a looted hulk and a nuisance.

That's when the Ostwind, still bearing swastikas, first showed up in the pages of The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal — the first in 20 years of stories in the Jacksonville newspapers.

Here are some excerpts:

An Oct. 5, 1969, UPI story from Miami told of the yacht's sorry state

"A sleek racing yacht built for Adolph Hitler’s Nazi navy and adorned with swastikas is partially blocking traffic in the busy Miami River. 

“The East Wind, an 85-foot yawl built in the 1930s for the pleasure of Nazi bigwigs, sank in the river last Sunday at the spot it had been berthed for at least a decade. It succumbed to dry rot and old age.” 

The Coast Guard was saying it needed to be moved. That's where a North Florida connection pops up: “A spokesman for the corporation that owns the boat said arrangements would be made to move the East Wind to Jacksonville for repairs.” 

On Oct. 3, 1971, the Jacksonville Journal's Joe Caldwell caught up with the boat 5 miles north of Flagler Beach at the southern tip of Hog Island

“The proud racing yawl Ost Wind ... has finally met a miserable end — stripped of its finery and its sails, looted by river pirates, sunk in Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway and moored to a palm tree to keep it from blocking the channel.” 

Its owner, Merritt Powell of Daytona Beach, bought it at a foreclosure sale and was moving it from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach when it began to sink. He said it ended up in Miami in 1965 where a Daytona Beach attorney, Nick Masters, bought it. After it was stripped and sunk in Miami, Masters had it raised and taken to a St. Augustine boatyard. 

Bad vibes seemed to surround the boat. “Nick Masters dropped dead while worrying about it,” the new owner told Caldwell, who went on to note: “Powell said one of the vessel’s former owners is reported to have lost an eye as the result of running into a winch handle aboard it, and his wife later went insane, although no connection has been made with that misfortune and the ill-fated yacht.” 

On Oct. 11, 1971, Caldwell had a Journal follow-up

Lt. John Cockram from Naval Station Mayport had reached out to the reporter and told him he’d made repairs on the yacht while it was at the Naval Academy. “It was one of the most beautiful boats I’ve ever seen,” Cockram said.  

He added that the Naval Academy sold the vessel “after its 12-foot draft proved too deep for Chesapeake Bay, and maintenance of such an elaborate, expensive vessel proved too costly.” 

On Dec. 5, 1971, Tom Longhurst of the Times-Union introduced readers to the Glass family of Jacksonville

“Most people looking for the boat of their dreams would head for the nearest marinas to go window-shopping, but Jody and Horace Glass had to get into a scuba outfit to get a look at theirs," he wrote. 

Most of their “dreamboat,” which they had bought for $5,000, was lying on its side at the bottom of the Intracoastal with just part of its bow above water. It had been vandalized and stripped, but several other buyers were also apparently interested in it. 

Hoping to beat them to it, Horace Glass proved to be intrepid. “He borrowed a scuba outfit, hurriedly read a book on diving, then with Jody along to ‘watch the bubbles,’ dived to seal all the hull openings before pumping her out.” 

A wrecker truck hauled the boat upright, and the Glasses, fighting off mosquitoes, pumped all night until it finally floated free. Glass got a tug to get the vessel to Jacksonville, “but before he could get her there, Ostwind was to suffer another indignity” — the tug skipper misjudged the height of the mizzen mast, which lost its top 12 feet when it hit the Main Street bridge.  

Horace Glass said he figured it would be a 10-year project to restore the yacht. It would be expensive, too, but with help from others, “the Glass family is confident it can be done,” Longhurst wrote. 

If that doesn’t work out fully, Glass figured they could retrofit it to make it easier for a small crew to sail, then install an auxiliary engine “and live aboard her until the day when they can point her slender bow toward the islands of the South Pacific.” 

By April 22, 1972, Longhurst met the Glass family again

“You know there are all kinds of stories about this yacht,” Horace Glass told him. “She has had an incredibly hectic past and almost everyone who ever knew her has a yarn to tell about her — and I’m sure they’re not all true.” 

The story said he’d changed his mind about living aboard it. Too expensive. Instead, Glass, a history buff, wanted to convert it into a floating museum. 

On Aug. 27, 1972, the Times-Union's Bill Middleton found a work party aboard the Ostwind

The Glass parents, five of their seven children and several friends, were busy scraping and cleaning the yacht, which was anchored off the city's Mandarin area.  

He noted that the work involved “seems almost insurmountable, at least to the untrained eye. Not to Glass and his wife. The boat has become a large part of their lives, and they’re not about to scuttle it or any idea of getting rid of it.” 

Cynthia Parks of the Times-Union met the Glass family in 1975

She observed how the Ostwind “now has become such a full-time occupation that the Glasses have practically given up their commercial art studio to work on the boat.” 

Jody Glass told her it’s a passion project for the blended family. “Horace and I found each other kind of late in life, and we decided that whatever we did, it would be together.” 

Horace Glass, meanwhile, noted some unsavory interest in the yacht. “The American Nazi party has a file on the Ostwind, but we have never answered their overtures,” he told Parks. “I would open her sea cocks rather than sell her to them.” 

On April 15, 1981, Horace Glass showed up in an unrelated Jacksonville Journal story

He had found a cross burning at 2 a.m. outside the office of the Mandarin Weekly Advertiser where he was editor. He said he saw two men in white robes and hoods fleeing the scene. 

The cross-burning was apparently in retaliation for two stories unfavorable to the Ku Klux Klan. The paper had recently published a profile of activist Stetson Kennedy of nearby Switzerland, who had infiltrated the Klan, along with a companion piece dealing with “lawful ways the average citizen could use to fight the Klan.” 

March 22, 1982, the Journal’s Celeste Brown showed how the project, over the course of 11 years, had 'eventually turned into an obsession' for the Glasses

“Neither sailors nor historians by trade, the Glasses learned all they could about both professions,” she wrote. “They gave up a commercial art and advertising business and eventually sold three houses, two from previous marriages, to pour everything into restoring the yacht.” 

The family ended up living aboard for three years, the story said, and the five Glass daughters did much of the renovation work.  

Brown wrote that “Shrouds of superstition, rumor and mystery have surrounded the yacht for three decades,” noting that Horace Glass took two trips to Germany, many trips to the National Archives in Washington and wrote hundreds of letters to find out more of its history.  

On April 26, 1982, Journal correspondent Virginia Barrett caught up with the Ostwind , which had just been moved

It had been moored at the old Mandarin Dock, built in 1855 by Calvin Read, Glass’s great-great-grandfather, but was now at a boatyard on the Northside, between Trout River and Heckscher Drive. 

Glass said he had to build a museum around it after he takes it out of the river, with blueprints, photographs, historical documents, Nazi art and memorabilia. He had no desire to glorify Nazism, he said, but “failure to deal adequately with the past leaves young people dangerously susceptible to the myths of neo-Nazism.” 

'Ill winds blow for Hitler’s yacht' was the headline on a Jan. 20, 1985, Bob Phelps story for the Times-Union

The boat was unwanted and decaying at its Trout River dock, and Glass — who by now was living in New Hampshire — was hoping to give it to a nautical museum in Plymouth, Mass., “if the museum will have it.”  

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“J.J. Nelson, then owner and now operations manager of A-1 Dock Storage on the Trout River, gave his friend Glass permission in 1982 to dock the yacht free, in exchange for the tourist business it might attract to Jackie’s Seafood Kitchen,” Phelps wrote. 

But a holding company was now in control of the dock, and they wanted the Ostwind removed. 

On March 20, 1985, Phelps wrote of a big snag in the plan

The Glasses had sold the boat for $1 to a Massachusetts man for his planned museum, but officials in Plymouth came out against having the Ostwind anywhere in their city. Selectman Georg Butters told Phelps: “I think it’s an affront to the Jewish community of Plymouth. I think we have the Mayflower, the symbol of religious freedom in this country, and to have the boat that belonged to Adolf Hitler would not be appropriate.” 

Meanwhile, the owners of the dock where the Ostwind lay in disrepair in Jacksonville said they just wanted it out of there. 

Oct. 18, 1985, the Journal had another update that Charles Sanderson, the Massachusetts man who bought the Ostwind for $1, was in town with an eye to getting it to the Bay State

All their efforts trying to attach floatation tanks to the partially sunken boat failed. The yacht stayed in Jacksonville.

On Dec. 23, 1988, an Associated Press story from Miami gave a look at a new plan with promise

J.J. Nelson, who took the boat after it had been abandoned at his property, said it had been “nothing but a pain” to him over the last seven years, and he was sick of American Nazis trying to buy it. But now there was a plan: Miami Beach Vice Mayor Abe Resnick wanted to take the Ostwind south and then sink the yacht to “benefit marine life off Miami Beach and mark the 50 th anniversary next year of the Voyage of the Damned.” 

That name was given to the 1939 voyage of the St. Louis, which sailed to Miami from Germany with more than 900 Jews aboard seeking refuge. They were, however, turned away from Cuba and from the U.S. in Miami, and had to return to Europe where as many as 700 were believed to have been killed by the Nazis. 

“We want to apply the same solution to the Ostwind that Hitler was trying to apply to the Jews,” said Resnick, himself a concentration camp survivor. 

Nelson, meanwhile, told the Miami News: “It looks like we’re finally reaching the end of this … ‘Hitler-boat’ business once and for all … I wish it good riddance myself.”  

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He said the boat’s presence at his boatyard had been nothing but trouble. Vandals set it on fire, snatched boards for souvenirs and painted swastikas on it. But there was pathos as well, Nelson said: “Another man kept visiting the boat and he said that he could only see his dead wife, who died in a concentration camp, when he was on the Ostwind.” 

Progress, as noted May 31, 1989, by David Hosansky of the Times-Union

After fears that it might be too expensive to get the ship to Miami, the Ostwind was moved from a field near the Trout River to the Intracoastal Waterway, heading south. “It is scheduled to begin its final voyage today,” Hosansky wrote.  

The story quoted Rabbi Gary Perras of Beth Shalom Congregation in Mandarin, who had notified Holocuast survivors in Miami that the yacht was available: “Really, it’s important — the symbolism that good triumphs over evil … Hitler’s yacht is getting what it deserves: A watery grave.” 

A June 5 New York Times News Service story told of the sinking of the Ostwind the day before, which was witnessed by survivors of the Voyage of the Damned

“Never mind that the rumors are exaggerated and that the Ostwind was not really Adolph Hitler’s personal yacht," the Times wrote.

“He ordered it built and was aboard it a few times. And that was enough for the 100 Holocaust survivors” who witnessed its sinking off Miami Beach as an airplane flew overhead pulling a sign that said, "Never again." 

The story continued: “Survivors of the 1939 voyage of the liner St. Louis, also known as the Voyage of the Damned, looked on from a nearby boat and applauded and cried.” 

“Please don’t call this revenge,” Rabbi Barry Konovitch of Miami Beach said in the story. “We prefer to dwell on the positive. The boat will form a reef, a home to marine life … I think for some this symbolizes the ultimate destruction of the Third Reich.” 

But the Ostwind was not yet gone for good, as a June 14, 1989, AP story told

Blame was being spread around because it turns out the Ostwind “was mistakenly dropped on a delicate coral reef in a shallow shipping lane” — and would have to be raised and then sunk yet again. 

A story the next day said the owner and manager of the Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel in Miami Beach had offered to pay an estimated $10,000 to move the one-time Nazi yacht. Resnick said it will be towed to the site originally intended, not far from where the Coast Guard turned away the St. Louis in 1939. 

F inally, the end of the Ostwind , as conclude June 30, 1989, by the AP

Without any fanfare, the remains of the yacht — which was by this time basically just a skeleton — were refloated and towed to a deeper resting place off Miami Beach on June 29.

"A tugboat spent more than three hours yesterday pulling the 85-foot yacht underwater to a 250-foot-deep spot 2 miles offshore, where the steel cable was cut with a blowtorch and the ship sank to the rocky bottom."

The story let marina worker Linda Arter have the last word. “We’ve said all along that ship had bad vibes,” she said. “It just doesn’t seem to want to go away quietly.” 

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HITLER'S YACHT IN JACKSONVILLE

By   Mike Miller  Updated January 7, 2023

In the 1980's, I came across an interesting old derelict sailboat in a Jacksonville boatyard on the Trout River in the north side of Jacksonville.

A worker said the yacht had once belonged to Hitler.

Hitler Yacht

I researched the matter, and found that during World War Two, Hitler had an 85 foot sailing yacht built for himself named "Ostwind".

His plan was to sail into England after Germany had won the war and accept Winston Churchill's surrender aboard the yacht. Hitler's plan didn't work out, and the fate of the "Ostwind" kind of got obscured by postwar history. She reportedly sank in the Miami River and was later towed to Jacksonville.

Nordwind

I was not 100% sure the boat in my photograph is "Ostwind", but I ran across other stories that said in 1989 the yacht was transported from Jacksonville to Miami and sunk in the ocean off Miami Beach.

It had been purchased by a Jewish group headed by former Miami Beach commissioner Abe Resnick , a Lithuanian-American.

MS St. Louis, The Voyage of the Damned

They turned the yacht into an offshore reef for fish habitat, and dedicated it to the memory of the voyage of the SS St Louis - "Voyage of the Damned."

A reef is named after the Ostwind. I am not a historian, so this boat may or may not be "Ostwind", but I'm pretty sure it must be. Too many coincidences for it not to be.

Here is the story about the sinking and final watery grave of Hitler's yacht.

ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE ABOUT HITLER'S YACHT

Hitler’s Yacht Sunk Off Miami Beach - Again

BRIAN MURPHY June 29, 1989

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The remnants of Adolf Hitler’s yacht, sent to a watery grave recently by a group of Holocaust survivors, were refloated and sunk again Thursday in a deeper resting place off Miami Beach.

Air bags were used to raise the skeleton-like remains of the Ostwind from atop a shallow reef, where it was mistakenly dumped June 4 during ceremonies observing the 50th anniversary of the ″Voyage of the Damned.″

″We’ve said all along that ship has bad vibes,″ said Linda Arter, a marina worker at A-1 Marine and Commercial Wrecking in Jacksonville. ″It just doesn’t seem to want to go away quietly.″

The yacht, intended as an artificial reef, threatened marine life on the coral reef and was a hazard to ships.

An apparent navigational error caused the yacht to be dumped into 25 feet of water as 27 survivors from the SS St. Louis’ 1939 voyage watched.

The ceremony commemorated the United States’ refusal that year to accept the ship carrying 937 Jewish refugees, many of whom perished later in Nazi concentration camps.

A tugboat spent more than three hours Thursday pulling the 85-foot yacht underwater to a 250-foot-deep spot two miles offshore, where the steel cable was cut with a blow torch and the ship sunk to the rocky bottom.

The event was supervised by state environmental officials.

″This is an opportunity to retell the story of the Voyage of the Damned,″ said Rabbi Barry Konovitch of the Cuban-Hebrew Congregation in Miami Beach. ″A bit of good may have come from this event.″

The Fountainebleau Hilton hotel on Miami Beach put up $10,000 to move the Ostwind into deeper water.

The Army Corps of Engineers ordered the yacht moved or government crews would dismantle the remains and bill Miami Beach officials.

Prior to the sinking a Senate proclamation acknowledging the Voyage of Damned was read by State Sen. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, a Republican candidate to succeed the late congressman Claude Pepper.

The Ostwind was commissioned in 1938 by Hitler as an Olympic racing vessel, but it was never entered in competition and was used instead by Nazi officials.

Hitler apparently only used the vessel once or twice.

The United States took possession of the Ostwind as a war prize and it was used as a training craft at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., until it was sold as surplus in the late 1950s.

The yacht was then held by various owners in Florida and sold in the mid-1970s to a Nazi memorabilia collector from Massachusetts.

The collector brought the Ostwind to A-1 Marine and Commercial Wrecking for repairs. But the collector never completed work on the vessel and failed to pay for the dock space.

Marina owner J.J. Nelson took possession of the yacht in 1981. The boat was repeatedly vandalized and Nelson rejected an offer by a Nazi group in Chicago to buy the vessel for a shrine.

Last year, Nelson contacted Miami Beach officials about using the remains as a reef. It was transported last month from Jacksonville aboard a large barge.

OUR VISITORS COMMENTS ABOUT HITLER'S YACHT

July 4, 2022 by: Valerie Robinson

Hi Mike, a friend forwarded your article to me about Hitler’s yacht Ostwind. In the comments section anonymous mentions the name Bill Robinson (with an incorrect date of 1995) and my friend wondered if it was my husband. Long before I moved to Florida, in the early 80’s my husband bought a property in Mandarin, on the river from a woman who was the mother of Horace Glass. My husband can’t recall her name since he dealt mostly with her son.

Horace had the Ostwind moored to the pilings at the end of a derelict 550 food dock at the property. My husband asked that the vessel be removed prior to him taking possession of the property.

That didn’t happen and the boat sat there for a while while my husband was clearing the property to build a house. Horace tried to fix the ship, but did not have the means to make it happen.

My husband recalls that one day Horace brought an old yacht up to the side of the sailboat, lashed the old vessel to the side of it and towed it up river to “a place by Jackie’s Seafood Kitchen”.

Horace would likely be in his early to mid 80’s if still alive. My husband agrees with a comment made by someone that Horace’s wife was named Jody.  A little aside, one day Horace putted up in a small boat with his tools to work on the Ostwind. He tied up to the side, hopped aboard and turned on the bilge pump.

When he came up for his tools he discovered he’d sunk his boat along with his tools because he’d tied up near the bilge pump pipe. This sort of sums up the poor man’s trials with Ostwind! My husband thinks his address was 12432 Mandarin Road or thereabouts. He had one of the longest or maybe even the longest docks since it had to accommodate commercial boats way back when it was “The Mandarin Dock”. So, the plot thickens! Keep up the great work.

P.S.  I found a really interesting article that puts many of the pieces together. I don’t think I saw a link for it on your webpage so I’ve attached it below. 

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-1989-01-22-8901220012-story.html

Aug 02, 2019 Ostwind by: Craig B. As a ten year old, I lived walking distance from the yacht which was moored in a cove just north of N.W. 27th Ave. and N. River Drive in Miami. You could plainly see the name of the ship, as I recall it was painted white. We would climb aboard and jump into the river.

Jun 22, 2019 Hitlers Sailboat by: Anonymous Around 1995. Hitler's boat was secured at the end of the dock at the home of Mr. William Robinson who lived in Mandarin and had recently bought the property. We all saw it there. Bill Robinson, of course, no longer wanted it and had it removed. He currently lives in Jacksonville at Epping Forest. He would be able to fill in the details of the boat's last days.

Mar 04, 2019 Ostwind, Just Island,Miami. FL 1957 by: Marlene Hilton I lived on a sailboat docked at Just Island up the Miami river from 1953 through 1957. At sometime in 1956 or 1957 the Ostwind also docked at the island. It had been purchased by a newly retired naval commander. John Lyman had just brought it down from the Chesapeake Bay area. The yacht was in good condition but was strictly a sailing vessel. It had no motor, and had to be towed.John had plans for a charter business but as usual life turned out differently. John bought a home just a bit further up river and docked the Ostwind there. I lost track of the Lymans and the Ostwind by the mid sixties.The yacht was very nice but not luxurious. It was quite chopped up into staterooms with sparse galley and lounge areas.

Feb 09, 2019 Museum by: Mike I did some bottom work on her in the 70’s she was secured up in water on the St. John’s river. Pretty bad shape though you could walk the decks, go below and visualize what remained intact of the staterooms.

Dec 02, 2018 I worked down the street from this boat... by: Moonshine In the very early 80's I worked as a boiler operator for a paper mill which was part of a well know sheet rock manufacturer on the waterfront on Jacksonville. While working a night shift I read in a Rollingstone magazine article about "Hitler's yacht". It mentioned the location and I realized it was a couple of addresses down from my location After work I walked to where it was. It seemed so surreal to see this vessel in person. I later heard that it had been moved to South Florida and sunk.

Aug 05, 2018 The boat or the people ? by: Timothy Dobbins Thank you for your response. The night I was invited to sail on her was dark, little moon and many mosquitoes.Since all of the people were new to me, I heard very little about the details of the boat and the tour was quick. I felt a little strange sailing downriver toward Mandarin, where she was berthed, on a boat owned and perhaps sailed by one of the most evil men In history. And in some sense, it was even somewhat difficult to enjoy the serendipitous moment of being invited to join my new friends given the association of the boat with the Fuhrer himself. In this case, the people dominated the night and the memories that followed, not the means of transport. However the boat -the Ostwind- ,has found her place as a ghost ship in the recesses of my mind where memories lurk of an evening sail down the Saint John’s River, with three new friends and a fourth numinous spirit who haunts me and the world to this day.

Aug 04, 2018 I Was Invited for a Nice Cruise by: Timothy Dobbins In the Summer of 1978, I was invited to board the Ostwind and help guide her under power for a cruise one evening with the owner and his wife and a beautiful young woman named Brenda. I had met the three of them that summer and we attended a Lou Rawls concert. That evening I began a relationship with Brenda, and I invited her down to Gainesville a few weeks later to hear me speak at the graduation of the senior class of Gainesville high school 1978. So many stories about the Ostwind, and it’s owner and his spouse were friends with Brenda. There’s more to the story but more important to me, I would love to be in touch with Brenda Counsel, and Jody,the owner’s wife if they are still around. Tim Dobbins [email protected]

Aug 05, 2017 Hitler's yacht by: Tom White In the 80s when I was restoring a wooden Snipe the owner of the salvage yard allowed me to remove boards from the hull. They were two inch mahogany of which I still have half a dozen. I also was able to get several bronze four inch screws. I also took some pictures of the boat that is like the first picture in this story. If you have questions my email is [email protected]

Mar 31, 2017 Re: the Ostwind by: Liz Gavilan According to my deceased husband Bob L. Gavilan, owner of The Old Book Shop on Beach Blvd in St. Nicholas, one of his customers, Horace Glass and his wife Jody, owned the Ostwind and was in the process of repairing it. Commemorative bars from the lead ballast were fashioned and sold to raise money for this project. I do believe it was a storm that came through that partially sank the boat and the Glass couple abandoned the project. It is my understanding they relocated to the north but I do not know where. I do remember seeing one of the commemorative bars and some associated paperwork, like maybe a flyer, in my husband's book shop. I am thinking this was sometime during the 80's. I seem to remember that the ship was anchored in the Mandarin area. [email protected] if anyone would like to contact me. Thanks, Liz

Jan 06, 2017 Hitler's Yacht by: Ed Drury I have a Certificate of Authenticity (dated 1972) issued by the Ostwind Museum of a piece of the mainsail from the Ostwind along with a reproduced picture of the yacht sailing off the coast of Florida. Caption under picture says the yacht was owned by retired Navy Commander John Lyman.

Nov 12, 2016 Hitler's Yacht by: Hans Braun I am a German. I was born in 1945 my father was a Kreigsmarine officer and He told me Hitler had only luxury vessel, a yacht named Grille. After the war, the US Government decided to scrap Hitler’s luxury vessel, then one of the biggest private yachts in the world. The Americans didn’t want it to end up as some kind of memorial to the hateful regime. EDITOR SAYS Thanks for telling us about "Grille". I looked it up on Wikipedia and it was a huge vessel and like you say, it was scrapped. The yacht described in our article was one of two identical sailboats. This one was named "Ostwind" and the other named "Norwind". The citizens of Miami Beach had enough belief that Ostwind was truly Hitler's yacht that the purchased it and paid to have it towed from Jacksonville to Miami Beach. It was intentionally destroyed and sunk in the ocean off Miami Beach. You can read the New York Times article by scrolling down to our comment on July 29, 2014.

Sep 03, 2016 Ostwind by: Anonymous The boat was in the St. Johns River my friend and I actually went up to it many times. It was beached in the shallows in Mandarin.

Aug 17, 2016 I saw the Ostwind too near Mandarin, Fl. on east side of St John's river. by: Bruce Taylor Yes I too recall the Ostwind moored for extreme renovations next to a very big old Chris named Camelot. The gent that met us just said we couldn't go aboard because of the deck being so wrecked. The man wanted to sell off Camelot & move on. His dream was to get backers for building some sort of attraction out of it. Last note: I recall the transom lettering quite good as it was professionally done with a bit of flair. If you know or remember a Bruce Taylor, owner of a boatyard in Orange Park, I was with Dr. David Scales in a small boat we came in from my business. I guess we were invited as prospects for Ostwind. Great article.

Aug 14, 2016 Hitlers yacht by: J. Byrd Was docked near Jackie's Seafood kitchen years ago. Rumor was Jackie's brother owned it but may have been just docked there. Was just east of Trout River bridge. I boarded it covertly one evening and secured a rusted deck bolt for a souvenir. I still have the bolt.

Oct 05, 2014 Jacksonville, Late 1960's by: Jon The Ostwind has created many tales, and apparently two were built, identical. The Jacksonville ship I was told about, was in Mandarin at one point, or very close proximity. A friend of my Father's had bought it for the lead ballast. We went one morning, early during shrimp season, probably late August back around the late 60's and shrimped from the decaying deck area as it was tied up to the owner's dock in the river. It was dark and I don't remember much other than my Father and his friend talking about the boat, name and why he had it.... so the tales continue.

Aug 02, 2014 HITLER YACHT by: Anonymous I goofed.. The yacht was named "GRILLE"..and was kept in BAVARIA.. After the war ..she was at the Great Kills Boat Marina on Staten Island , N.Y. Then....she was next heard of in California... Been a long time...seem to get things backwards....:-)

Aug 02, 2014 HITLER YACHT by: Anonymous Yup...BAVARIA was Hitlers Yacht.... Last I heard - she was in California. Was the Yacht that you see all the pictures of..with Ava and the gang aboard...

Aug 02, 2014 Mandarin Point by: Anonymous I remember the Ostwind during the 1980s being up on braces about 200 feet off the eastern shore of the St. JohnsRiver somewhere near Mandarin Point, just south of the Buckman Bridge.

New York Times Article About Ostwind

BOAT HITLER BUILT IS SUNK IN CEREMONY By JEFFREY SCHMALZ, Special to The New York Times Published: June 5, 1989 Never mind that the rumors are exaggerated and that the Ostwind was not really Hitler's personal yacht. He ordered her built and was aboard her a few times. And that was enough for the 100 Holocaust survivors. As an airplane flew overhead pulling the sign ''Never Again,'' the 85-foot sailboat Ostwind - or, more accurately, what little was left of her - was sunk just off Miami Beach today as the survivors looked on from a nearby boat and applauded and cried.

Jun 12, 2014 HITLER YACHT ??? by: Gene COL HAROLD THOMAS LENTZ, at the end of WW2, was made a military Governor of some sort in Bavaria.  His office was Hitler's yacht. But, was it the yacht that was rusty and sunk in Florida? I seem to remember it in California? Was there a yacht named Bavaria that belonged to Hitler?  Anyone know for sure? I have many SS items and an arm band from the Yacht Col Lentz used as his Office. He also dismantled a bar in the town there that Hitler hung out in, and it is now in a home in Maine. There were also a bunch of SS marked with SS ruins. Mail me if you know about another yacht..or cabin cruiser? [email protected] I'm in Washington State now; back home in CO by June 19..

Jan 20, 2014 Hitler Yacht by: sail buff Hitler's Yacht After the war, the yacht went to England as a prize of war. It was donated to Canada and turned into a training ship. The navy renamed it the Tim. It was put for sale by the Canadian government. It changed hands 2 or 3 times because of the expensive repairs to put it in shape. The boat was renamed Helgoland.

Apr 18, 2013 Seen it ..... by: Anonymous I have recently seen the ship in a very good condition on a wharf in Gaete(Italy). It is beautiful despite its former owner. And yes it looks like the ship on your picture.

Mar 16, 2013 Hitler's Yacht rebuilt in Jacksonville by: Arron About 25 or more years ago, A person was rebuilding one of Hitler's personal Yacht. A storm or hurricane hit Jacksonville and destroyed the Yacht. This person did not want to rebuild it again and was towed to a junk yard at North Main Street. I would like to contact this person. please contact me at [email protected]

Oct 16, 2012 Bridgetender Thanks by: Editor Ron, thanks for your observations about the Ostwind as she was towed past the Spanish River Bridge. I have cruised up and down the waterway for years, and you bridgetenders do a good job and make the trip a lot more fun. I'll bet you could write a book about the things you've seen.

Oct 07, 2012 Bridge Tender's Memory of Hitler's Yacht by: Ron in Cocoa, Florida Hi, I was a bridge tender in 1989 working on the 40th Street bridge A.K.A. Spanish River bridge that goes over the Intracoastal waterway in Boca Raton, Florida.

I was working the graveyard shift when a tugboat with a barge was heading South. When I opened the bridge there was a very old looking hull of a sailboat on top.

If I correctly remember there was a swastika painted on the rear or front deck of the boat. (It was faded but still recognizable). I had very strong spotlights so I was able to get a good look.

Sep 23, 2012 Video by: M Kratzer I have video from 8mm film of the Easwtind (Ostwind) while owned by Commander Lyman in the 50's my father (ex navy) was crew on the yacht during sailing excursions on the Chesapeake (Maryland).

The film was made (I was told) to promote leasing of the ship for private trips or parties. If interested in the video please email me [email protected].

Jul 26, 2012 That Probably is Ostwind by: Anonymous I remember the Ostwind and that photo looks a lot like her. She was supposed to be the prototype for the Volkboats. My father had one of those but it sank in the Intracoastal waterway in Ft. Lauderdale.

I was under the impression that it languished for years in limbo due to an ideological battle which ended with a certain politically correct group towed it out into the Trout River and scuttled it.

I remember that you could still see the hulk at low tide from the old location of Jackies Seafood Kitchen. That would definitely tie into the picture - if someone managed to rescue it.

I always thought it was such a shame to do that to such a beautiful boat - especially since the limo of the same owner sold for millions recently. Who was it that said "those who deny history are destined to relive it"?

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“This is what was left of Adolph Hitler’s yacht.  People took parts of it for souvenirs, and someone started a fire and this hull was what was left.” LS

Typed on back of the print  “This is to certify that these pictures were taken Wednesday, August 30, 1950, approximately 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. by–Loyd Sandgren”

(Under Sandgren’s name is the name Robert Stedeford)

The Ostwind was one of two sailboats commissioned by Hitler in 1936 and it came to the United States after the war changing owners a half dozen times. It ended up in Jacksonville where it sat in disrepair until the 1980’s.  It was given to a Jewish Miami Beach Holocaust survivor who ultimately burned and sank it in the Miami Harbor.  There is apparently no evidence that Hitler ever set foot on the Ostwind.

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Your site is a pleasant stroll down memory lane.

A minor correction you may wish to address concerns the photo on your site by Lloyd Sandgren attributed to being Adolf Hitler’s yacht the Ostwind.

The photo may be of some other, smaller watercraft connnected to Hitler, but it is not the 85 foot long Ostwind.

This photo is dated 1950, but the Ostwind was relatively intact up until the early 1980’s when she was finally dragged ashore on the northside of Jacksonville by J.J. Nelson and later sold to the group in Miami that sank the Ostwind 2 miles offshore in 1989.

In 1950 the Ostwind was being sailed as a training vessel by the US Naval Academy in Maryland. Later that year the yacht was sold to Navy Commander John Lyman who sailed and lived aboard the Ostwind with his wife until he sold it in 1966.

Visit http://bootyforsale.com and view the “about’ page for a more detailed history of the Ostwind.

Again, your site is enjoyable.

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I saw the Ost Wind in Jacksonville, Fl.. It was in very poor condition, but afloat. I don’t know the year, probably the late1980’s.

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Asa, I appreciate your addition to the post. You may well be right. I am working from notes left behind by the photographer and I have found minor inconsistencies from time to time. Most of the notes Loyd Sandgren wrote were written and attached to his photographs later in his life as he was going through the vast collection of images from his 40 plus year career. I know I have trouble remembering what I had for breakfast from time to time so it would be no surprise if the fog of time blurred some of the details from 30 years prior. In his defense, Loyd was very sharp right up to his passing. I can only hope to be so lucky.

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This photo is not of the Eastwind. My father was sailing on her at that time with his friend and past commander, whlle in Naval Intelligence, John Lyman. They sailed the Chesapeake Bay and I still have the black and white movies of my parents and their friends having a wonderful time on a beautilful day on a beautiful boat.

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How could I get a copy of that video? My father was John. G LYMAN. Thank you.

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Hello Julie: By accident I was reading about Ostwind when I saw your comment. Your father and I were great friends, both announcers at SEAQUARIUM and I knew you as a little girl. For many years I wondered where I could find you and Charlie. Please give a reply when you have a chance. Sincerely, Bruce

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Dear Bruce: My son came upon this article while looking up my step father and mentioned your name as a commentator. I hope your are well and would be pleased to correspond with you if you wish.

Thank you Carol, What a great story. I think there may be a level of urban legend surrounding the rotting hull that was in Jacksonville. There are a lot of stories and a lot of memories but little solid documentation to back them up. I don’t think I have seen any other photos of the ship during the time it was said to have been in Jacksonville. I always welcome information to fill in the information gaps.

Hi Bob, if you would like a copy of the movies my father took, I would be happy to send them to you. She’s under full sail on the Chesapeake Bay with many happy sailors and their wives aboard. Carol

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I am in possession of a piece of lead ballast from the Ostwind. There is a box and inscription about the Ostwind as well as the number 153 on the edge of the lead souvenir.

Can you shed light as to the authenticity of the object.

Once you respond I can email photos for you to review.

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I have a same piece of the lead ballast that you’re talking about came in a fancy box with the satin lining we bought it from the man who owned the Ostwindi in Mandarin at one time his name was Horace Glass he was a diver. He took us out in a small rowboat and we actually got to climb aboard the vessel when it was on an anchor 50 ft off of his dock the mast for the boat was laying in his yard facing the river. You could see the boat when you drove across the Buckman bridge it looked like a giant white banana.

Did your father know John Lyman?

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I’m sure it was in Jacksonville FL. It was dock on the water at my father’s cousins home in Mandarin for several years. He later sold it and it was docked of Trout River in North Jacksonville in bad shape. There were some news articles regarding this in the Florida Times-Union paper. I then heard in was sold to someone in Pennsylvania

My Father’s cousin Horace Glass in Jacksonville Fl purchase the yacht back in the 80’s. I heard that if was brought in from Flager Beach. He had it dock off his home in Mandarin for many years. and then was docked off trout river in north Jacksonville. He sold parts off of it to raise money to restore it for a museum however it never take off. I do have a piece of the Mass that has been authenticated.

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Debbie, your account matches what I was told by my late husband Bob L. Gavilan, owner of The Old Book Shop on Beach Blvd in St. Nicholas, one of his customers, Horace Glass and his wife Jody, owned the Ostwind and was in the process of repairing it. Commemorative bars from the lead ballast were fashioned and sold to raise money for this project. I do believe it was a storm that came through that partially sank the boat and the Glass couple abandoned the project.

It is my understanding they relocated to the north but I do not know where. I do remember seeing one of the commemorative bars and some associated paperwork, like maybe a flyer, in my husband’s book shop. I am thinking this was sometime during the 80’s. I seem to remember that the ship was anchored in the Mandarin area.

Your account about bringing the boat up from Flagler Beach triggered a part of the story I had forgotten until reading your post but now I remember my husband had told me that too.

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I am writing a book on characters and boats of the Miami River. The “Ostwind” is one of them. She sat in rough shape for years at a decrepit dock just east of the 27th Avenue bridge. And then poof she was gone. But among the many stories of Mr. Lyman and this boat there is one that I am not sure of. It was said that Mr. Lyman was injured by a winch handle – and possibly lost sight of an eye. And this contributed to his waning interest in the boat.

Her sister, the “Nordwind” is still sailing.

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You are so right Bob. The Ostwind sat for years in the Miami River docked behind a house on NW 20th Street. I worked for Southern Bell in that area and I saw it practially everyday. The story I heard back then was a fixed span bridge was being built or mabe a draw bridge was being replaced with a fixed span bridge and the Ostwind was moved because of it’s mast it would not be able to be moved from that location. The house was mabe 4 or 5 houses East of the 27th ave bridge and was very visable from the bridge.

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There is a story about the background of the boat and it’s owners up through it’s sinking from NPR’s This American Life radio program. It’s very interesting. J.J. Nelson was the final owner of the ostwind before he gave it to a Jewish group who sunk it in Miami harbor.

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/189/hitlers-yacht

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I remember seeing a boat up on blocks near the river in Jacksonville that rumor had it as Adolf Hitler’s boat. That was about 1985 maybe. I thought they said it was made of concrete. There was a nice restaurant on the water nearby. GH.

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My grandfather Herman Yake build shrimp boats as a hobby in our fab shop and sailed one of his boats along the ostwind for the sinking . His boat was docked at the same marina that the ostwind was at here in Jacksonville . He was giving a large piece of the ship that also includes a port hole My aunt in Coca Beach still has it .

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I first met Commander Lyman in Washington DC in 1953 when he and his wife were living aboard Eastwind, tied up in the basin. He had had the accident that tore out his eye, part of his skull and check bone. I was in touch with John up through the time that we got Eastwind ready for the race Havana to Spain in 1955. I was on the Ticonderoga in the race. Eastwind was taking on too much water so they dropped out of the race. John had Eastwind in the Miami river on Just Island. While there we unstopped the mast and carefully took it apart and rebuilt it as the glue lines has let go. I was at John’s second wedding and remember “big mouth Charlie” The accident that caused John’s injury went like this – they (his wife and others were sailing in the Chesapeake and a squall like came over them. In attempting to lower the Main Halyard, some one let go the main boom topping lift with put the total weight of boom, sail and wind on the main halyard winch with John was holding and lowering on a much too small halyard winch. With the usual crew in Germany of 20 able sailors to tail the winch it was safe but not one man. His wife was able to hold John in her lap and sail Eastwind back into Annapolis. Admiral Karl Doenitz was the ranking German officer to sail on Eastwind and on Northwind. Northwind held the Fastenet Race record until we better the record in 1955 on Mare Nostrum sailed by Woody Pirie and myself and a mix crew. My long time sailing buddy Frank Dratz helped sail the Eastwind to Havana before the race and said that he had never experienced such a powerful sailboat and he sailed on many. They had a nice reach and passed up shrimpers, small freighters and such. Gruber was an outstanding designer and these “Wind” boats were exceptional. Composite hull with unknown metal for frames and great hard wood planking. Sad ending to one of the truly great sail boats and to Commander John Lyman, A great friend. Rusty.

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Wow, I thought I was crazy when I would tell people about Hitler’s boat. As a kid we would eat at Jackie’s seafood and then walk with my grandfather along the docks while he smoked cigars. He used to always talk to this man who said he was restoring the boat. I have a piece of wood and a piece of metal from the boat (nothing fancy like a port hole), but they remind me of my grandfather and Miss Jackie. Thank you for having this information.

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I lived in MAINE for a while. Up the road from us was a retired US ARMY Colonel — Harold Thomas Lentz. At the end of WW2, Col Lentz was assigned to a town in Austria. . He was a Military Governor there for some reason ?? Col Lentz took Hitlers Yacht Ostwind as his Office and Living Quarters. Col Lentz must have acquired a few items of value because of his wealth after the War when he lived in MAINE in the 1960’s.In his Horse stables under the house , he had a row of beautiful, Black Saddles — all with the SS markings on them.. Up stairs in his dining area was a small area where he could sit and chat with his company. On the walls there was what looked like a old European Bar. He told me it was from Austria – where Hitler hung out with his buddies. Col Lentz had it removed and brought to the US and assembled in this Home in MAINE. It was complete with the bottles of liquor that were on it in AUSTRIA.. while on Ostwind he found many NAZI items and a lot of Medals. Col Lentz gave me all the Medals he found aboard Ostwind.. I still have them. Several Knight’s Crosses — a German Cross in Silver.one was the German Cross in Gold ( i sold it – big mistake) .and a bunch of others.. Col LENTZ was a very open person to me since I had been in the US Military. Col Lentz had a heart attack and died at a Horse Race he had one of his horses running in. The home was sold by his wife Susan . The Bar was still intact. The home today is a sort of INN..?? People stay there like in a Hotel. I do not know if the Bar is still there ?? It would be worth a fortune if it is ??.

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Adolph Hitler’s Yachts — Part 2 : Ostwind and the Offshore Reef

Nordwind, sister to Ostwind Image: ClassicSailboats.org

Yesterday we posted about the patrol ship, the Grille , described by some as “Hitler’s yacht.” Today we will look at a second vessel to bear the same title — the Ostwind .

In 1936, the German government had two racing sailboats built, the Ostwind and the Nordwind , reputedly because the German sailing team had performed poorly in the previous Olympics. The  Ostwind was seized by the Americans in 1947, while the Nordwind  was said to be taken by the British and renamed White Rose . The two sailboats were designed by Heinrich Gruber, a well-known naval architect of the day, and were 85′ overall. 

Was the Ostwind really Hitler’s yacht? It seems doubtful. There is allegedly a photograph of Hitler and his Mistress Eva Braun taken aboard the boat, but there is no real evidence that Hitler spent much time aboard. The legend of the Ostwind as Hitler’s yacht seem to spring up in the 1950s when the boat was in the United States and a group of investors attempted to raise money to restore the boat and make it a museum. Stories of romantic getaways on the yacht arose as did an account that Hitler had a special fondness for the boat and always referred to it as his “special lady.” These tales seemed to originate in the decades after the war, however.

The investor’s plans fell through and for years the Ostwind sat abandoned at a marina in Jacksonville . For a while she was left alone but as word got out that she was “Hitler’s yacht” vandals crept in to strip her, either to collect souvenirs or to attempt to exact revenge on the memory of her notional owner.  

Finally, in 1989 a group of 100 Holocaust survivors bought what was left of the yacht. They understood that she was not, in all probability, “Hitler’s yacht.” Nevertheless, she was built in Germany while Adolf Hitler was in power. They decided to sink her offshore on the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated voyage of the MV St. Louis .

The voyage of the MV St. Louis has come to be known as the Voyage of the Damned. In 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees set sail aboard the liner bound from Germany to Cuba, only to find that Cuban officials would not admit them.  As St. Louis then passed off Miami Beach, its passengers pleaded to be allowed to enter the United States. The Government refused. The ship returned to Europe, where more than half its passengers eventually fell victim to the Holocaust. 

In early June 1989, as an airplane flew overhead pulling the sign ”Never Again,” Ostwind was sunk in 275 feet of water off Miami Beach , as the survivors looked on from a nearby boat and applauded and cried.

The Ostwind is marked on the charts as the Ostwind Reef , Latitude: 25.77978 Longitude: -80.05683.

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Never mind that the rumors are exaggerated and that the Ostwind was not really Hitler's personal yacht. He ordered her built and was aboard her a few times. And that was enough for the 100 Holocaust survivors.

As an airplane flew overhead pulling the sign ''Never Again,'' the 85-foot sailboat Ostwind - or, more accurately, what little was left of her - was sunk just off Miami Beach today as the survivors looked on from a nearby boat and applauded and cried.

''Please don't call this revenge,'' said Rabbi Barry Konovitch of Miami Beach. ''We prefer to dwell on the positive. The boat will form a reef, a home to marine life.

''I think for some this symbolizes the ultimate destruction of the Third Reich. We're here still floating on top; now the other is sunk to the bottom.'' #26 From Voyage Present The sinking was set to mark the 50th anniversary of what has come to be known as the Voyage of the Damned. In 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees set sail aboard the liner St. Louis bound from Germany to Cuba, only to find that Cuban officials would not admit them.

As the St. Louis then passed off Miami Beach, its passengers pleaded to be allowed admission to the United States. The Government refused, and the ship had to return to Europe, where more than half its passengers eventually fell victim to the Holocaust.

Twenty-six of the original St. Louis passengers were here for the weekend, which included religious ceremonies and an awards program.

The commemoration was the idea of Rabbi Konovitch, who heads the Cuban Hebrew Congregation here. Jews who had been in Cuba 50 years ago, he said, wanted to meet the survivors of the St. Louis and tell them how sorry they were that all they could do in Cuba at the time was to stand on the pier and wave. 'No One Would Help Us'

''It's always with you,'' said Sophi Aron, a 77-year-old survivor of the St. Louis voyage who now lives in Manhattan. ''To go from place to place to place. To think that we sat off here 50 years ago and no one would help us.'' Mrs. Aron hid in France while her husband, Alfred, was in concentration camps.

The tone of the day, however, was more one of celebration than mourning. There was food and drink. Politicians passed through the crowd pressing the flesh. Reporters and television crew members far outnumbered the St. Louis's survivors.

If anything, the day was as much a celebration of how well Jews have done in the Miami area as it was a commemmoration of the St. Louis. More than 300 people were on board the boat that accompanied the barge to the spot where the Ostwind was sunk.

Although no one could give specific numbers, the area is widely believed to be second only to New York in the number of Holocaust survivors. More than a third of Miami Beach's 100,000 year-round residents are Jewish, and today some of them said they recalled days before World War II when signs in hotel windows here read, ''No Dogs and No Jews.'' Target for Vandals

Many Miami Beach Jews had been waiting eagerly for weeks for the sinking of the Ostwind, German for east wind. She was built in Bremen in 1939 after Hitler ordered a series of racing yachts built because of Germany's poor showing in the sport in the 1936 Olympics.

It is the subject of some dispute as to how many times Hitler was actually on board the Ostwind, and there is little documentation on the subject aside from a photo of him and Eva Braun, his mistress, on the boat.

But the consensus is that he visited the boat only a couple of times. After World War II, she fell into the hands of the United States Navy, then was taken over by a series of investors, with some hoping to turn her into a museum.

The investors failed, and the Ostwind wound up in storage at a shipyard in Jacksonville, Fla., for the last seven years. Until a year or so ago, she was in relatively good shape. But as word got around that she was ''Hitler's yacht,'' dozens of vandals slipped in from time to time to strip her.

Some came out of a sense of awe: to take a way a piece of history, however evil and tenuous. Others came out of hatred: to destroy the boat and set her afire. 'Load Off My Shoulders'

''What a load off my shoulders to get rid of her,'' said J. J. Nelson, who owns the Jacksonville shipping yard and who had to hire round-the-clock guards to protect the Ostwind. ''People either wanted to spit on her or to worship her.''

Mr. Nelson said the American Nazi Party wanted to buy the boat to preserve her, but he decided it ''was more principled'' to give her to a Jewish group.

The Israeli Consulate here heard about the boat and brought her to the attention of a Miami Beach city commissioner, Abe Resnick, who came up with the idea of sinking her. The boat was in such bad shape that she was sunk today merely by being rolled off a barge.

''My heart is clear; this isn't done out of any hatred,'' Mr. Resnick said. ''What kind of vengeance can you take against an object that can't defend itself? But we felt we wanted to send a symbol that crime doesn't pay. We wanted to show the world.''

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The Ostwind, German for ”East Wind,” was built along with her sister ship, Nordwind, in 1939. The German government ordered the construction of the yachts following a poor showing in the 1936 Olympic races. Designed by noted naval architect Heinrich Gruber, the70‐ ton vessel was 86 feet in overall length,17 feet in beam,and had a sail area of 3,076 square feet. She was constructed of mahogany planking over steel framing, with a teak, mahogany, rosewood, and walnut finish throughout the interior. Seized by the U S . Navy towards the end of thewar, she was transported across the Atlantic on the USS. Mercury (AK-42/AKS‐20). Renamed the East Wind, she was reconditioned at the BrooklynNavy Yard, N e w York, as the U S . Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, intended to use her as a training vessel for mid shipmen.The US. Navy quickly realized the cost to maintain the yawl would be too high, so she was put up for auction. In 1951, the East Wind was sold again, purchased by John Lyman of Miami. After living on the vessel for several years, the retired U S . Navy commander was forced to put her up for sale for $90,000 in 1966. Horace Glass eventually bought the boat and brought her to Jacksonville. Over the years, the East Wind suffered from neglect. In 1984,Charles Sanderson purchased the decaying yacht for $1, with plans of bringing her to Plymouth, Massachusetts, to be used as a military museum.The planned museum created uproar amongst the local community, and the East Wind remained at Jacksonville. Abandoned, the yacht soon became an albatross around the neck of the Jacksonville shipyard’s owner. Vandals stripped the East Wind on numerous occasions, while the American Nazi Party wanted to buy her in order to preserve the vessel. The Miami Jewish community acquired the former Ostwind, and its hull was rolled off a barge and sunk on June 4, 1989.The German yacht was resurrected, however, when it was learned the East Wind was sunk in 20feet of water on a coral reef. She was eventually raised, carried offshore, and re-sunk in deep water. Due to the influence of Hurricane Andrew, the exact location of the formerOstwind is unknown. As the hull was in poor shape when originally deployed, it is likely there is little left of the German yacht, and certainly nothing worth diving.It should be pointed o u t that much of the history attributed to the Ostwind in regard to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party appears to be complete fabrication. There is no documentation supporting the assertions that Admiral Karl Donitz used the yacht as his command vessel, or that Ostwind hosted Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun. It would appear the vessel’s association with Adolf Hitler was simply a publicity or marketing stunt, which was apparently quite successful.

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Found this article on "Ostwind". http://www.geocities.com/martind_us/html/hy.html THE STORY The Ostwind was one of two yachts built by the Nazi government after a poor German showing in the 1936 Olympic races. Even though it's original purpose was to demonstrate German superiority in Olympic competition, the Ostwind actually spent most of it's life in America, war booty transported here by the US Navy in 1947. But when it first arrived in this country it wasn't known as Hitler's yacht at all. It became Hitler's yacht. The Ostwind’s sister ship - the Nordwind - a boat, mind you, (with an identical pedigree) - built at the same time, by the same people, for the same purpose - has never been known as Hitler's yacht. To this day it sails in Britain under the name White Rose, a charter boat which inspires no controversy, attracts no attention at all. We know that it was completed in 1939, that each cabin was finished in a different fine wood, and that it's sail, over 40 feet long, was made of a rare Egyptian linen. We know that it's designer was Heinrich Gruber - the most lauded naval architect of the time - and we know that it's purpose was to demonstrate the superiority of the Aryan race. But we don't know, will never be able to say with absolute certainty, whether or not Hitler ever actually set foot on the Ostwind. One of the rumors was that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun used the Ostwind for pleasure cruises. Another is that Hitler had an extraordinary affection for the boat, that it was very important to him, and that when he talked about it, he always refered to it as his "special lady."  

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Off subject though. Last night I was watching some 1 hr long special on Toys of Billionnaires. One Billionnaire had a singlemasted Sailboat (The largest one ever built) which cost him $30,000,000+++ to build. His "Sailboat" is longer than 1 Football field and has a fulltime crew of I think 70? not sure on that number. This "Sailboat" has several guest cabins each with a 60 inch Plasma TV in them/satalite TV, and an onboard library of 8,000 movie titles available to be selected to watch. This Sailboat also has it's own and floating "garage" for several smaller craft including speedboats to Jet-Skis. In case you might wonder--the name of this "Sailboat" is Georgia. Just one if its stereo systems cost $1.3 Million dollars. The master cabin is twice the size of my 1 bedroom apartment--not including the restroom that is next to his Master Cabin--that restroom as at least the size of my apartment. How would you like to have that as a "toy?" I sure would.  

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Is that an American football field or a British one? If its British it makes it no more then hundred metres... Not a good toy, take me ages to push it out into the sea from where I am. Onto Hitler's yatch thing, I'm not to sure, I know he wasted quite abit of time in his nest, waking at at 1.00pm sometimes, but if he did it must of been pretty early on in the war. Allied air and naval would of been a big threat to him. Quite cool to imagine this little yatch flanked by two hugh battleships and U-boats for protection.  
Hi "Z"--I don't know--I guess it was a British Football field they were talking about since this "sailboat" resides somewhere in the British Isles.  

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Why were so many metro stations in Moscow renamed?

Okhotny Ryad station in Soviet times and today.

Okhotny Ryad station in Soviet times and today.

The Moscow metro system has 275 stations, and 28 of them have been renamed at some point or other—and several times in some cases. Most of these are the oldest stations, which opened in 1935.

The politics of place names

The first station to change its name was Ulitsa Kominterna (Comintern Street). The Comintern was an international communist organization that ceased to exist in 1943, and after the war Moscow authorities decided to call the street named after it something else. In 1946, the station was renamed Kalininskaya. Then for several days in 1990, the station was called Vozdvizhenka, before eventually settling on Aleksandrovsky Sad, which is what it is called today.

The banner on the entraince reads:

The banner on the entraince reads: "Kalininskaya station." Now it's Alexandrovsky Sad.

Until 1957, Kropotkinskaya station was called Dvorets Sovetov ( Palace of Soviets ). There were plans to build a monumental Stalinist high-rise on the site of the nearby Cathedral of Christ the Saviour , which had been demolished. However, the project never got off the ground, and after Stalin's death the station was named after Kropotkinskaya Street, which passes above it.

Dvorets Sovetov station, 1935. Letters on the entrance:

Dvorets Sovetov station, 1935. Letters on the entrance: "Metro after Kaganovich."

Of course, politics was the main reason for changing station names. Initially, the Moscow Metro itself was named after Lazar Kaganovich, Joseph Stalin’s right-hand man. Kaganovich supervised the construction of the first metro line and was in charge of drawing up a master plan for reconstructing Moscow as the "capital of the proletariat."

In 1955, under Nikita Khrushchev's rule and during the denunciation of Stalin's personality cult, the Moscow Metro was named in honor of Vladimir Lenin.

Kropotkinskaya station, our days. Letters on the entrance:

Kropotkinskaya station, our days. Letters on the entrance: "Metropolitan after Lenin."

New Metro stations that have been opened since the collapse of the Soviet Union simply say "Moscow Metro," although the metro's affiliation with Vladimir Lenin has never officially been dropped.

Zyablikovo station. On the entrance, there are no more signs that the metro is named after Lenin.

Zyablikovo station. On the entrance, there are no more signs that the metro is named after Lenin.

Stations that bore the names of Stalin's associates were also renamed under Khrushchev. Additionally, some stations were named after a neighborhood or street and if these underwent name changes, the stations themselves had to be renamed as well.

Until 1961 the Moscow Metro had a Stalinskaya station that was adorned by a five-meter statue of the supreme leader. It is now called Semyonovskaya station.

Left: Stalinskaya station. Right: Now it's Semyonovskaya.

Left: Stalinskaya station. Right: Now it's Semyonovskaya.

The biggest wholesale renaming of stations took place in 1990, when Moscow’s government decided to get rid of Soviet names. Overnight, 11 metro stations named after revolutionaries were given new names. Shcherbakovskaya became Alekseyevskaya, Gorkovskaya became Tverskaya, Ploshchad Nogina became Kitay-Gorod and Kirovskaya turned into Chistye Prudy. This seriously confused passengers, to put it mildly, and some older Muscovites still call Lubyanka station Dzerzhinskaya for old times' sake.

At the same time, certain stations have held onto their Soviet names. Marksistskaya and Kropotkinskaya, for instance, although there were plans to rename them too at one point.

"I still sometimes mix up Teatralnaya and Tverskaya stations,” one Moscow resident recalls .

 “Both have been renamed and both start with a ‘T.’ Vykhino still grates on the ear and, when in 1991 on the last day of my final year at school, we went to Kitay-Gorod to go on the river cruise boats, my classmates couldn’t believe that a station with that name existed."

The city government submitted a station name change for public discussion for the first time in 2015. The station in question was Voykovskaya, whose name derives from the revolutionary figure Pyotr Voykov. In the end, city residents voted against the name change, evidently not out of any affection for Voykov personally, but mainly because that was the name they were used to.

What stations changed their name most frequently?

Some stations have changed names three times. Apart from the above-mentioned Aleksandrovsky Sad (Ulitsa Kominterna->Kalininskaya->Vozdvizhenka->Aleksandrovsky Sad), a similar fate befell Partizanskaya station in the east of Moscow. Opened in 1944, it initially bore the ridiculously long name Izmaylovsky PKiO im. Stalina (Izmaylovsky Park of Culture and Rest Named After Stalin). In 1947, the station was renamed and simplified for convenience to Izmaylovskaya. Then in 1963 it was renamed yet again—this time to Izmaylovsky Park, having "donated" its previous name to the next station on the line. And in 2005 it was rechristened Partizanskaya to mark the 60th anniversary of victory in World War II. 

Partizanskaya metro station, nowadays.

Partizanskaya metro station, nowadays.

Another interesting story involves Alekseyevskaya metro station. This name was originally proposed for the station, which opened in 1958, since a village with this name had been located here. It was then decided to call the station Shcherbakovskaya in honor of Aleksandr Shcherbakov, a politician who had been an associate of Stalin. Nikita Khrushchev had strained relations with Shcherbakov, however, and when he got word of it literally a few days before the station opening the builders had to hastily change all the signs. It ended up with the concise and politically correct name of Mir (Peace).

The name Shcherbakovskaya was restored in 1966 after Khrushchev's fall from power. It then became Alekseyevskaya in 1990.

Alekseyevskaya metro station.

Alekseyevskaya metro station.

But the station that holds the record for the most name changes is Okhotny Ryad, which opened in 1935 on the site of a cluster of market shops. When the metro system was renamed in honor of Lenin in 1955, this station was renamed after Kaganovich by way of compensation. The name lasted just two years though because in 1957 Kaganovich fell out of favor with Khrushchev, and the previous name was returned. But in 1961 it was rechristened yet again, this time in honor of Prospekt Marksa, which had just been built nearby.

Okhotny Ryad station in 1954 and Prospekt Marksa in 1986.

Okhotny Ryad station in 1954 and Prospekt Marksa in 1986.

In 1990, two historical street names—Teatralny Proyezd and Mokhovaya Street—were revived to replace Prospekt Marksa, and the station once again became Okhotny Ryad.

Okhotny Ryad in 2020.

Okhotny Ryad in 2020.

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B right flashes lit up the night sky in southern Moscow in the early hours of Thursday morning, new footage appears to show, following reports of an explosion at an electrical substation on the outskirts of the city.

Video snippets circulating on Russian-language Telegram channels show a series of flashes on the horizon of a cloudy night sky, momentarily turning the sky a number of different colors. In a clip shared by Russian outlet MSK1.ru, smoke can be seen rising from a building during the flashes lighting up the scene.

Newsweek was unable to independently verify the details of the video clips, including when and where it was filmed. The Russian Ministry of Emergency situations has been contacted via email.

Several Russian Telegram accounts said early on Thursday that residents of southern Moscow reported an explosion and a fire breaking out at an electrical substation in the Leninsky district, southeast of central Moscow.

Local authorities in the Leninsky district told Russian outlet RBC that the explosion had happened in the village of Molokovo. "All vital facilities are operating as normal," Leninsky district officials told the outlet.

The incident at the substation in Molokovo took place just before 2 a.m. local time, MSK1.ru reported.

Messages published by the ASTRA Telegram account, run by independent Russian journalists, appear to show residents close to the substation panicking as they question the bright flashes in the sky. One local resident describes seeing the bright light before losing access to electricity, with another calling the incident a "nightmare."

More than 10 villages and towns in the southeast of Moscow lost access to electricity, the ASTRA Telegram account also reported. The town of Lytkarino to the southeast of Moscow, lost electricity, wrote the eastern European-based independent outlet, Meduza.

Outages were reported in the southern Domodedovo area of the city, according to another Russian outlet, as well as power failures in western Moscow. Electricity was then restored to the areas, the Strana.ua outlet reported.

The cause of the reported explosion is not known. A Telegram account aggregating news for the Lytkarino area described the incident as "an ordinary accident at a substation."

The MSK1.ru outlet quoted a local resident who speculated that a drone may have been responsible for the explosion, but no other Russian source reported this as a possible cause.

Ukraine has repeatedly targeted Moscow with long-range aerial drones in recent months, including a dramatic wave of strikes in late May.

On Sunday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the region's air defense systems had intercepted an aerial drone over the city of Elektrostal, to the east of Moscow. No damage or casualties were reported, he said.

The previous day, Russian air defenses detected and shot down another drone flying over the Bogorodsky district, northeast of central Moscow, Sobyanin said.

There is currently no evidence that an aerial drone was responsible for the reported overnight explosion at the electrical substation in southern Moscow.

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