Built by J. Samuel White & Co. in Cowes, for the captain George Paxton, Braemar was her first name.
With a counter stern, a fairly straight bow, a unique keel and hull design and powered by two tough 480 HP Caterpillars, she is able to reach a cruising speed of 12 knots and a maximum speed of 14 knots.
After being launched the vessel sailed all over the world. It seems to have made a circumnavigation and several Atlantic crossings before the Second World War when she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and converted into a patrol vessel and then into a hospital ship. For the Braemar, renamed Clorinda II, it was a dark period as she sunk and then recovered, restored and modified.
Another round the world trip between 1981 and 1983 was done, sailing in the Americas, Australia, Hawaii, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Suez, until she was finally employed as a luxury charter yacht, now with the name of Meltemi.
In the 1980’s a certain Reginald Kenneth Dwight, also known as Elton John, was one of her special guests and he found her unique for creating his music.
The wheelhouse is equipped with an original engine order telegraph, giving to this old lady a touch of uniqueness improving her charm and beauty.
|Type of vessel
|Year of manifacture
|J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd Cowes, England
|Steel (hull and superstructures)
|123 ft – 37,50 m
|19 ft – 5,7 m
|2 x 480 hp 8 cylinders CAT 3408
|Engine running hours
|about 80 hrs (overhauled in 2016)
|cruising 11 kn – max 13 kn
|Fuel 32,000L – Water 25,000L
|6 pers. (in 3 cabins)
|It will be disclosed in case of interest
All figures on this page are referred to the original documents and web information, and they are not taken to be exact.