The steam yacht Narada was built as the steam yacht Semiramis in 1889, designed by A.H. Brown and built by Ramage & Ferguson for John Lysaght. Semiramis had principal dimensions of LOA: 225 ft., LWL: 194 ft., Beam: 27.2 ft., and a draft of 13 ft. She was sold several times and eventually to Henry Walters in 1899 and named Narada. As Narada she became one of the best known yachts on the Atlantic. Henry Walters was president of the Atlantic Coast Line Company, a railroad which was started by his father in North Carolina. The engraved monogram: "S W" are the initials of the owners wife, Sarah Walters.