Luca Papaluca (Italian, 1890-1934)

The Royal Thames Yacht Club's steam yacht Ianara

Lot 70 / Sale 5386
the royal thames yacht club's steam yacht <i><b>ianara</b></i>

Price Realized £1,250
Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

  • £800 - £1,200
  • ($1,562 - $2,342)

Sale Information Sale 5386
21 May 2008
London, South Kensington

Lot Description Luca Papaluca (Italian, 1890-1934)
The Royal Thames Yacht Club's steam yacht Ianara
signed 'L. Papaluca' (lower right) and inscribed 'S.Y. Ianara. R.T.Y.C.' (lower centre)
15 x 27 in. (38 x 68.6 cm.)

Special Notice No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Lot Notes Designed by the talented Clinton Crane (of Tams, Lemoine & Crane of New York) and built by A.& J. Inglis at Glasgow in 1908, the steam yacht Ianara was launched with the name of Vanadis (see portrait of her in lot 169.). Ordered by Mr. C.K.G. Billings of New York, she was built of steel, rigged as a triple screw schooner and, unusually, was powered by steam turbines. Capable of 16½ knots at full speed, she was registered at 1,092 tons gross and measured 249½ feet in length with a 32½ foot beam. Sold by Billings in 1915 and briefly owned by Mr. M.F. Plant in 1916, she then passed into the hands of the Russian Navy in which she served under the name of Poryvs from 1917-1919. Sold to Baron de Linder and renamed Finlandia, in 1925 she was bought by Lt. Cmdr. Montague Grahame-White for his charter business and again renamed, this time Ianara. Sold for the last time in 1935, she was reportedly broken up in 1938.

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