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Super Yacht Octopus off the Coast of Reykjavík

The super yacht Octopus of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen berthed in Reykjavík harbor on August 19 and is still docked off the capital’s coast.

octopus_yachtThe mega yacht Octopus lying off the coast of Reykjavík. Photo by NZ.

According to Mail Online, the yacht is en route to the Denmark Strait, the ocean between Iceland and Greenland, in order to save the bell of the British warship HMS Hood that was sunk by the Germans in World War II.

With a length of 126 meters, the Octopus is the world’s 13th largest yacht and the fifth largest owned by a private person. The Microsoft co-founder bought it in 2003 for approximately USD 200 million (ISK 24 billion, EUR 160 million).

The yacht was built by the German constructer Lürssen and HWD. Its luxurious facilities include a helicopter hangar with two helicopters, a basketball field, huge pool, recording studio and a nightclub, making the ship a popular location for parties.

The yacht is also the biggest private, fully-equipped research vessel. It has a research laboratory, ten-person submarine and remotely-operated underwater vehicle.

This equipment will be used in the Denmark Strait, where the shipwreck of HMS Hood is located. Allen plans to save its bell at his own expense.

The British warship was sunk by the Germans during World War II and is protected as a war grave, but Allen has the permission of the British government and Admiralty for his operation.

In case he is successful, the bell will become part of the exhibition in the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth.

But it remains to be seen whether the mission can be achieved. There are strong currents at the depth where the HMS Hood lies, 2,800 meters, and the bell’s weight of 50 kilos (110 lbs) is close to the maximum lifting capacity of the remotely-operated vehicle.

This is the second time that the Octopus docks off Iceland. In 2010, the billionaire came to Iceland in order to explore different shipwrecks.

It is not known for how long Allen plans to stay in Iceland, but according to Mail Online, it will take seven to ten days to retrieve the bell from the ocean floor where it lies beside the wreck. reports that the expedition is expected to conclude this week.

You can read more about the Octopus’ last visit in Reykjavík here.


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