Big excitement yesterday for us as we replaced our rowing dinghy with an inflatable dinghy with motor. We now can explore areas around anchorages without fear of getting caught in tidal currents that take us in the opposite direction that we want to go in.
Once we had the inflatable asembled and the engine primed it was time for a test ride. A rare, quiet night free of float plane and boat traffic made the Inner Harbour a perfect destination.
As we rounded Laurel Point Park, the view of the Empress was obscured by the motor yacht, Silver Chalis. Her crew were busy scrubbing the hull with a high pressure hose as we manoeuvered our way closer for a better look. We didn’t recognize the flag moving gently in the evening’s breeze, so shouted up to one of the crew members who told us that she was registered in the Marshall Islands. From our vantage point in the dinghy, we could see that the underside of the stern staircase was made of stainless steel which had been shined to perfection.
180 feet long with a robin’s egg blue-colured hull, she is reportedly owned by New York real estate developer, Larry Silverstein. On Larry’s company website it states, “Throughout Silverstein Properties Incorporated’s history, it has developed, acquired and renovated some of New York City’s and the United State’s most successful and high-profile properties, including the Americas Tower at 1177 Avenue of the Americas; The Times Square Embassy Suites; the Ronald Reagan Building; Teleport, the world’s first satellite communication center; and most notably, the World Trade Center.
In July 2001, SP Inc. completed the largest real estate transaction in New York history by acquiring the 10 million-square-foot World Trade Center. Six weeks later, terrorists attacked most of the World Trade Center complex, including the Twin Towers, on September 11, 2001. ”
I recall that there was some question whether or not Larry could collect on the insurance after the WTC towers were destroyed. From the destruction of 9-1-1 to this beautiful yacht – perhaps a silver lining to an awful chapter in American history.