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Historic 37m WWII recruit Atlantide sold to become J-Class tender

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Laura Nicholls

Northrop & Johnson has sold the 37.19-metre sailing yacht Atlantide in-house with a last asking price of $5,495,000.Atlantide yacht profileDelivered to her original owner in 1930 under the name Celeta, the iconic classic yacht was designed by Alfred Mylne and built by Phillip & Sons for Sir William Burton. Burton enjoyed the yacht for a decade until she was recruited to Operation Dynamo to help evacuate English and Allied troops from Dunkirk.Atlantide yacht saloonAfter WWII, Atlantide was fully restored by her Greek shipping magnate owner and was relaunched as Ariane in 1948. 50 years later, yachtsman Tom Perkins purchased her and rebuilt the yacht with Camper & Nicholsons, naval architect Nigel Gee and Ken Freivokh Design. With at least $18,000,000 spent, Perkins' rebuild is reputed to have been one of the most expensive refits per meter to date.Atlantide yacht stateroomRelaunched as new in 1999 and again refitted in 2013, Atlantide is one of the most detailed expedition motorsailers around. Her interior design features art deco aspects, artisan glassworks and a layout consisting of a main saloon, dining area and three staterooms. Atlantide yacht saloonHer new owner is Jim Clark, owner of the J-Class yacht, Hanuman. Having been the tender to the J-Class Shamrock after her initial launch in 1930, Atlantide is once again tender to a J-Class yacht 90 years later.

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