Built 1929 - 140' Fan Tail Motor Yacht for the famous gangster Al Capone
Pictured in 1987 The 140' motor yacht Americana is the largest mega-yacht in existance today from the roaring 20's. Built in 1929 as a private yacht and rum runner for the famous gangster Al Capone. Al went to prison soon after Americana was commissioned, but the ship continued to smuggle booz while Al was in jail. Later The Americana was purchased by American Can Corporation and used as a corporate yacht.
In the 1940's The Americana was ceased by the US Navy under the War Powers Act and used as a sub chaser in the Pacific in WWII. The Americana later found a home in California as a private yacht named "Liberty". In the 1990's Americana was purchased by a new owner with orders to deliver her to New York, the city where Americana was made by Consolidated Shipping in 1929. After traveling hundreds of thousands of miles Americana would finally return to the city where she was born - New York. I took her there. My name is Capt. Gill Fisher.
The M/Y Americana runs on rebuilt GM engines made in 1929 using the original engine-order telegraph system.
"No one had a clue in 1986 that one day the majestic Twin Trade Towers would change
Now, where in New York City does one park a 140' yacht? We are low on fuel.
"All I can say to the owner from the depth of my soul is that I am not lost and that if you don't
M/Y Americana was built during Prohibition.
All the interior wood is original 1929 custom teak.
The Aft Teak Deck. The brass fittings all original 1929.
Secrete Win Cellar Discovered
Capone used M/Y Americana to smuggle illegal liquor during Prohibition. "The new owner found dockage in New York right behind Malcolm Forbes shinny new 150' yacht The Highlander. That's great. If you are going to run into something it might as well be the most expensive yacht in New York City. Americana needs a bow thruster. They didn't have bow thrusters when she was made in 1929. They didn't have inflatable life rafts either and you know what they say about that. The Americana owner throws a party and invites 200 guest. He gives the crew 7 bottles of $ 20 champaign. The crew gives the Americana owner a $ 7,000 chilled bottle of French champaign dated 1929. The boss knows his crew doesn't have $ 7,000 and even if so they would not spend a nickel on him. Where did the $ 7,000 bottle of champaign come from? It came from a hidden wine cellar aboard Americana. Obviously the secrete compartment was sealed in 1929 and had remained undiscovered since the Great Depression. The secrete wine cellar was filled with bottles of wine and champaign all dated 1929. It was located deep in the hull below the waterline. Sea water kept the wine cold for over 50 years. The crew of Americana had found the secrete stash of Al Capone. They found it in the Bahamas months before. This seemed the perfect occasion to tell the owner about it." Capt. Gill says.
The owner must take care for the yacht and the crew must take care for the owner.
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