Saddam's Love Boat Sets Sale

Iraqi ruler had a thing for luxurious, bulletproof cruise ships
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2007 2:37 PM CST
The 82-metre (270-feet) Ocean Breeze, built in 1981 by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is at quay in the French southern city of Nice, 15 December 2007. Ocean...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Saddam Hussein’s secret pleasure super-yacht can be yours—yes, yours!—for just $34 million. Moored off the French Riviera, away from the pesky bombers that destroyed the late dictator's other yacht, the Ocean Breeze was put up for sale last week by a British brokerage firm, the New York Post reports. The lucky buyer gets both a floating palace and a veritable fortress.

Saddam had the ship built in 1981, but it was mostly his backup. It’s stocked with the usual high-end features—gold faucets, private bedrooms, a mini-hospital—and some Hussein specials like bulletproof glass, missile storage, and a helicopter pad. Adding to its appeal, the secret passageway, and the escape mini-sub it leads to, should be real conversation pieces.