Talitha is a 1103 GT motor yacht owned since 2008 by Mark Getty. She was built in 1929–1930 by Krupp Germaniawerft at Kiel as Reveler for Russell Alger, chairman of the Packard Motor Car Company, and her subsequent owners include Robert Stigwood and Paul Getty. In 1942 she was purchased by the United States Navy and served as patrol gunboat USS Beaumont (PG-60) until 1946. The yacht has also carried the names Chalena, Carola, Elpetal, Jezebel and Talitha G.

Talitha in Carrick Roads, 2017
  • 1930–1931: Reveler
  • 1931–1939: Chalena
  • 1939–1942: Carola
  • 1942–1949: Beaumont
  • 1949–1983: Elpetal
  • 1983–1993: Jezebel
  • 1993–2008: Talitha G
  • from 2008: Talitha
BuilderKrupp Germaniawerft
Yard number513
Laid down12 April 1929
Completed30 September 1930
StatusIn service
General characteristics
  • 1,108 GRT (as built)
  • 1,103 GT (in 2021)
Length226 ft 0 in (68.88 m)
Beam34 ft 1 in (10.39 m)
Draught12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
Installed powerTwin diesels
PropulsionTwin propellers
Speed15.5 kn (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)

Design and construction edit

The future Talitha was designed by Cox & Stevens, New York and laid down in the German shipyard Krupp Germaniawerft at Kiel, as Yard No. 513, on 12 April 1929 for businessman Russell A Alger Jr., chairman of the Packard Motor Car Company.[1][2] She measured 1,045 gross register tons and 444 net register tons, with a length of 226 ft 0 in (68.88 m) overall and 206 ft 0 in (62.79 m) waterline, breadth of 34 ft 1 in (10.39 m), depth of 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m) and draught of 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m).[3][4] She was powered by two diesel engines, also made by Krupp, and totalling 2,200 brake horsepower (1,600 kW), driving twin propellers, and initially had a single funnel.[2]

Early service edit

Although launched for Russell Alger, he died before she was completed in 1930, and Reveler was laid up at the Gosport, Hampshire shipyard of Camper & Nicholson.[5] In 1931 she was bought by Charles E. F. McCann, son-in-law of the founder of Woolworths stores, Frank Winfield Woolworth for some US$375,000, and fitting-out was finally completed.[5] Reveler was renamed Chalena, drawing on the first names of the owner and his wife, Helena, allocated Callsign MJPT (changed the following year to WGEJ) and home-ported at New York.[2][3][6] The yacht was based at the Glen Cove station of the New York Yacht Club. The yacht was sold in 1939 to Leon Mandel of Mandel Brothers department store in Chicago, and renamed Carola after his wife. Although based at Chicago, the yacht also cruised to Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands.[5]

World War 2 service edit

On 23 January 1942, Carola was acquired by the United States Navy, then classified as a patrol gunboat and designated PG-60.[7] After conversion by the Gibbs Gas Engine Company at Jacksonville, Florida, during which her interior was gutted to make way for a complement of 110 and her clipper bow removed, she was commissioned as USS Beaumont on 22 June 1942, under the command of Lt. Comdr. John M. Cox, Jr.[5][7] The ship was named after either the city of Beaumont, California or that of Beaumont, Texas.[7][8] She was armed with two 3"/50 dual purpose and two 40mm guns.[2]

Following shakedown training, Beaumont sailed from Key West on 2 August 1942, escorting several motor vessels to the Panama Canal Zone. She departed from Balboa on 16 August, arriving at her new base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 2 September, where she was assigned to the Hawaiian Sea Frontier as a weather ship in support of the Pacific Fleet. Beaumont, alternating with USS San Bernardino (PG-59) (also a former motor yacht, Vanda), collected meteorological information across an area of the Pacific between her base in Oahu and Midway Island.[7][9]

Following the end of the war on 2 September 1945, Beaumont continued to provide weather data to forecasters, but on 5 November finally departed Pearl Harbor for San Francisco, where she arrived on six days later, on Armistice Day. She was decommissioned on 19 February 1946 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and struck from the navy list on 28 March. On 20 February 1947 Beaumont was transferred to the United States Maritime Commission for disposal.[7]

Return to motor yacht edit

In February 1947 the former USS Beaumont renewed her connection with the F W Woolworth Company, as she was purchased by Norman B Woolworth, whose father, Frederick Woolworth, had established the British branch, F W Woolworth & Company7 Ltd.[2][10] The yacht was renamed Elpetal, taken from the names of three of Woolworth's close friends, Eliot Fox, Peter Walton and Talbot Malcolm, and placed in the ownership of Elpetal Inc of New York[2] After reconditioning at Bath Iron Works, Maine, the yacht measured 1,043 gross register tons and 423 net register tons, with a length of 214 ft 3 in (65.30 m), breadth of 34 ft 1 in (10.39 m), and depth of 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m).[5][11] In 1957 Elpetal was sold to the Greek shipowner Maris Embiricos, without change of name. He owned her through Concordia Navigation Company, which registered her at Monrovia, Liberia.[1][2] In the 1970s, following the death of his wife, Embiricos laid up the yacht at his family island of Petali, where she subsequently deteriorated.[5]

The Australian-British music entrepreneur and film producer Robert Stigwood purchased the yacht in August 1983, sending her to Malta for a refit lasting eight months, which included restoration of her clipper bow.[2][5] She reappeared as Jezebel in 1984 and cruised widely.[5] Later, the yacht was again laid up, in Lisbon, after developing mechanical problems, and was sold in 1993 to John Paul Getty Jr., who renamed her Talitha G in memory of his second wife.[5] The yacht received a three-year refit in 1991–1994, under supervision of Jon Bannenberg at Devonport Management Limited.[12] Since John Paul Getty Jr.'s death in 2008 the yacht, with the name modified to Talitha, has been owned by his son, Mark Getty.[13]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Reveler (1004625)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Photo gallery of USS Beaumont (PG-60) at NavSource Naval History
  3. ^ a b Seagoing Vessels of the United States (PDF). Washington DC: United States Department of Commerce. 1932. pp. 124–125. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  4. ^ Silverstone, Paul (2012). The Navy of World War II, 1922–1947. Abingdon: Routledge. p. 177. ISBN 978-1138976856.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Talitha - History". My Talitha. Archived from the original on 24 January 2022. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  6. ^ Seagoing Vessels of the United States (PDF). Washington DC: United States Department of Commerce. 1933. pp. 132–133. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e Cressman, Robert J (23 February 2006). "Beaumont". Naval History and Heritage Command. US Navy. Archived from the original on 27 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Talitha: Naval letter". Superyacht Classics. Midhurst, Sussex: Kos Pictures Source. Archived from the original on 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  9. ^ "San Bernardino I (PG-59)". Naval History and Heritage Command. US Navy. 2 September 2015. Archived from the original on 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Norman B. Woolworth". Daily News. New York. 21 June 1962. p. 91. Archived from the original on 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Merchant Vessels of the United States 1948 (PDF). Washington DC: United States Treasury Department. 1949. p. 149. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  12. ^ Tindale, Georgia (20 December 2021). "Inside the rebuild of the 80m iconic classic superyacht Talitha". Boat International. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Ireland's Rich List: 21-30". Irish Independent. Dublin: Mediahuis. 31 March 2010. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 7 April 2022.

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