Posted by: aurorayacht | May 10, 2010

Donate and Help us Restore a Historical Gem

  It has been nearly 3 years since I found this vessel near the quaint little City of Rio Vista California. Her condition appeared rough and the outlook for this Historic German Liner was grim. This is when We sprang into action. Saving her from a fate of scrap We began negotiations with the the City of Rio Vista to bring her to a location to begin a new life. The location had a large price tag but options were limited and We needed to move fast in order to save this vessel from being sold for scrap. The location had a dilapidated dock and no facilities to help make the restoration of this vessel easy. We had a rough year to say the least. We are however thankful to the City of Rio Vista for making this possible. We have worked very hard on restoring this vessel to a point that she may again see a bright future.
Work on this former beauty has been expensive and completely out of pocket. We have avoided taking on any investors in order to make sure this vessel would remain in Our hands and safe from becoming yet again a failed venture as it has in the past with former owners and dreamers. She is now safe and is moving full speed in her recovery. We would like to soon open her to the public as a Luxury Liner Museum. This would feature art, furniture and other artifacts from many Liners of the Past. We hope to educate people on the importance of saving ships with a rich historic past such as this vessel.
We need your help to make this happen. As you can imagine this is an expensive venture and has taken a great deal of funds to bring her this far. All donations are appreciated and will go directly to materials and tools to help bring back one of the most beautiful and well built ships every made. We are proud to have come this far and look forward to the future of this vessel. May she once again be revised and enjoyed as she once was.

Donations can be sent by PayPal to the email address (( )) if your interested in helping this vessel breath a new life. If you have questions about other ways of transferring your donation please contact us at the same email (( )) and thank you for your interest and support.



  1. Chris,
    You have done a fantastic job with restoring the Zanadu. I did not want to see this vessel end up as scrap, like the SS Britanis/SS Monterey(1931).

    Do you have any plans to restore the ship as a hotel, in addition to the museum? I would love to see this ship come to life as a sailing vessel, if at all possible. Keep up the good. And let’s pray that the same success could be applied to the SS United States, which needs it more than anything.

  2. Hello Paul,

    Thank you for the fine compliment. We have been working hard to see that this vessel is not only on the road to a full recovery but at the same time safe from seeing the problems of her past. I will say that I now understand more now why ships are let go to scrap. It’s a consistant political battle to keep them safe. This vessel will always be safe as long as I am breathing. I am proud of the accomplishments we have made and wouldn’t trade the experiance for anything.

    I do intend to bring her back to service in the future. She is not far off from full operation.

    Thanks for your interest.

  3. Hi Chris,
    It’s true that there are a lot of political battles to overcome in order to save the MV Aurora. Just look at what was done to the SS Rotterdam? That was a battle on a very large scale.

    I like to see more ships like the Aurora saved. Although, I would like to know of your thoughts on the SS Rotterdam. I believe that they was once a plan to bring her to San Francisco as Hotel ship.

  4. She is a very special to me as I had the player of seving on board of her as electrical officer, propultion system at that time was like a dream come reality for anyone that like the Diesel Electric System.
    In 1970 I saw her for first time at the Marco shipyard in Tacoma as Polar Star and it became the Pacific Star for our deployment in the South Pacific ( Tihiti) at the return for the Alaska cruise season renamed again to Xanadu by the new owers Ferguson cruises.

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