The 35m yacht was launched from Camper & Nicholsons’ Gosport yard in March 1932. The Liverpool-based studio will act as exterior and interior designer and the owner’s representative. The restoration work will be undertaken by Dunya Yachts in Istanbul, Turkey.
G.L. Watson & Co. has announced the forthcoming restoration of the 35m motoryacht Cacouna. The Liverpool-based studio has been commissioned to act as exterior and interior designer and the owner’s representative. The restoration work will be undertaken by Dunya Yachts in Istanbul, Turkey.
Cacouna was designed by Charles E. Nicholson for Fairey Aviation director F.G.T. Dawson and launched from the Camper & Nicholsons’ Gosport yard in March 1932.
In 1937, she was sold to Leslie Leroy Irvin, a former Hollywood stunt man whose development of his own static line parachute made him a global success.
In 1939, Cacouna was purchased by Perry & Co. chairman A.E. Wiley, but was soon commissioned for war work; first based in the Western Approaches Examination Service in Birkenhead and later used as an escort vessel.
Following the war, she was sold to William J. McCreadie of Rhu, Dunbartonshire, who renamed her Wilelka.
In 1952, the vessel passed to Gerard Bauche, the heir to the Fauchet Bauche safe making and the Marcel Bauche sugar businesses and renamed Olnico.
In the spotlight
Based in Cannes, Olnico (ex Cacouna) made international news in 1959 when she was chartered for Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s honeymoon.
Five years later, Olnico hit the big screen in her own right when she featured in the hit French comedy Le Gendarme de Saint Tropez staring Louis de Funes.
The yacht remained in Bauche’s ownership until 2000 when she was sold, renamed Dear B and relocated to southern Turkish waters.
G.L Watson says the team is keen to discover more of Cacouna’s history and “would be delighted to hear from anyone with connections to the yacht in her earlier years”.
Founded in Glasgow in 1873, G.L. Watson & Co designed America’s Cup challengers and more Royal and Presidential yachts than any other. Today, the firm specialises in the restoration of classic yachts and historic vessels.
Recent major restoration projects include Sir Malcolm Campbell’s motoryacht Blue Bird of 1938, the 300ft 1930 steam yacht Nahlin, both originally designed by the firm, and the 1937 Charles E. Nicholson designed Malahne.
In addition, G.L Watson & Co. provides yacht design and management services as well as contract and project management of complex yachting projects.