SAS Walvisbaai

SAS-Walvisbaai

 

Launched in 1958 as HMS Packington at the Harland & Wolf shipyard in Belfast, she served as a minesweeper in the Royal Navy. The following year she was acquired by the South African Navy and rechristened SAS Walvisbaai.

 

RV-Belafonte

 

After serving 40 years in the South African Navy she was sold to the Walt Disney film company to be used as the R/V Belafonte in Wes Anderson’s film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, featuring Bill Murray, Cate Blanchette, Angelica Huston, William Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum and Owen Wilson.

In 2006 she was sailed to Dubai to start with a six year restoration and upgrading process to convert her to a ‘superyacht’ status.