Lady K II arrives in the UK

Lady K II - Originally named Radiant I, before launching as Princess Tanya, and subsequently being renamed as Lady K II, she was built at Austin & Pickersgill, in Sunderland,

The core hull is built out of steel and the motor yacht superstructure is made largely of steel. With a width of 8.81 m/28.9 feet LADY K II has a strong presence and a great deal of interior space. A deep draught of 3.6m (11.8ft) limits the number of ports she can visit. England, by the shipyard’s owner.Recognising that there was a gap in production at his shipyard, the vessel was commissioned based on a design by Theoharis Stylianou. The yacht was launched from the Sunderland shipyard in 1961.

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Caterpillar 3516 Top End Overhaul

Yacht engineers stripping the cylinder heads of a Caterpillar 3516 series engine in preparation for cylinder head overhaul... 

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Pirates & the Passage to Paradise

Piracy is the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea and the origins of this practice can be traced back as early as the 14th century in the Aegean and Mediterranean by cutlass wielding Ancient Greeks and Romans during the period known as the Classical Antiquity when the Greek and Roman society was flourishing. 

So how is the modern day pirate different?  The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) defines piracy as:  “The act of boarding any vessel with an intent to commit theft or any other crime and with an intent or capacity to use force in furtherance of that act”. 

Having fallen victim to a pirate attack up the Amazon River and since voyaging through the notorious Red Sea and Indian Ocean nearly ten times in yachts, I write this article with some trepidation, especially knowing that piracy is not only limited to the Indian Ocean.  Today modern maritime piracy is a global issue that has not only has affected the East and West coast of Africa, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Venezuela. 

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