IMAGINE CONVERTING A WWII FRIGATE TO A YACHT?

Aristotle Onassis did.

And you can rent it for about $750,000 per week.

Lots more info and pics at link.

If you have £545,000 to spare, you could enjoy for a week what the likes of Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor and Maria Callas once had access to for free.

The Christina O super yacht, which started life as a Canadian military frigate before it was converted at a cost of £3million, can be chartered privately.

In her military guise, the boat was present at both the Battle of the Atlantic and Normandy landings.

But her association with political, film and real royalty began when the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis repurposed what was then HMCS Stormont after buying her at scrap value.

Christened in honour of his daughter, Onassis’s new celebrity attraction boasted a swimming pool which transformed into a dance floor; a cinema; a seaplane; opulent furnishings and even an operating theatre.

Hero British wartime PM Churchill, who became a friend of Onassis in his retirement, enjoyed himself on the Christina O; as did future US President John F Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.

His widow Jackie became Onassis’s second wife and spent a lot of time on the ship, as did the soprano Maria Callas – who was the magnate’s mistress during his first marriage.

The ship also hosted the then former husband and wife Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and was the setting for the 1956 wedding reception of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Onassis’s romantic relationship with Callas even began on the ship – during a three-week cruise between Monaco and Istanbul with her then husband Giovanni Battista Meneghini.

They were joined by an 85-year-old Churchill, his wife Clementine and his parakeet Toby. A black and white image shows Callas leaning down to talk to the former PM, who was clad in a sun hat.

In 2019, supermodel Heidi Klum followed in Kelly’s footsteps by marrying her husband Tom Kaulitz on the vessel.

Onassis bought the then anti-submarine frigate at scrap value in 1954. In today’s money, he spent around £10.5million converting it into the floating palace it became.

Even today, the ship’s 325-foot length makes it the 45th largest yacht in the world. It has sleeping capacity for 34 guests in 17 cabins and can cruise with 157 visitors on board.

Onassis’s extravagant tastes saw him fit a sunken bath decorated with flying fish and fitted with golden dolphin-shaped taps.

Although these features have now gone, the magnate’s original bar – complete with stools covered in leather made from the foreskins of mink whales and armrests made from the animals’ teeth – has been preserved in its entirety.

Onassis made millions of dollars from whaling as part of his business activities.

As for Onassis’s dance floor, it sinks to form a deep swimming pool which is filled by sea water.

Churchill, who spent a lot of time in Monte Carlo in the 1950s and 1960s after his second stint as PM, enjoyed Onassis’s hospitality on the ship on several occasions.

His granddaughter Celia Sandys said in a Channel 5 documentary about the war hero: ‘My grandfather loved traveling on the Christina.

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