Croatia: Tito's yacht «Galeb» to be restored into museum and hotel

The «Galeb» (Seagull) ship, which was used as an official yacht by former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, was displayed in Rijeka ahead of its transformation into museum and hotel, Monday. According Rijeka authorities, its reconstruction will start in January 2018 and will be finished by mid-2019. The ship will have some 4000 square metres for both museum exhibitions and hotel accommodation... Еще. Nikolina Radic Stivic, director of the City's of Rijeka's office for protection and preservation of cultural goods, said that the ship «played an important role» in the history of Tito's rule and Non-Aligned movement «which was important part of the stability between the world's opposing sides» during the Cold War. The 117 metre (383.8 feet) long ship used to have an iconic status in Yugoslavia mainly because of many Hollywood actors who were guests on this ship, including Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kirk Douglas. The ship was made in Italy in 1938 as a merchant ship. During World War II it was used as military vessel before it sunk in 1944 during the bombing of Rijeka. The ship was restored in 1952 and until Tito's death in 1980 it was used as his official ship. After the break-up of Yugoslavia the ship was sold to Greece and later ended up in Italy. Two years ago city of Rijeka regained ownership of the ship.

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