by Des Ryan
Saddam Hussein ordered it in 1981, and it was built in Helsingor, the city of Shakespeare's Hamlet, by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. But, curiously, Saddam never took delivery of it. It was in the second year of the Iran/Iraq War, so maybe he had other things on his mind.
However, he named it Qadissiyat Saddam , after the first ever battle between the Arabs and the Persians in 627AD which ended the Persian dominance of Iraq – in Iraq, that's what they were calling the current war.
Instead it went to Saudi Arabia's royal family, and sat moored in the port of Jeddah for ten years. Curiouser and curiouser. Was it a gift? Or did he intend to take delivery at some later date when his vision of the war was realised - a decisive Arab victory over the Persian masses, leading to the complete surrender of the Iranian nation.
Whatever the case, the Saudi Royal family, in what could have been a not-so-oblique message for Saddam, renamed the yacht Al-Yamamah, meaning 'The Dove'.
Then, as rumour would have it, it was presented earlier this year as a - cough - souvenir to Jordan's King Abdullah.
Now it's for sale, renamed once again in the blandest possible fashion, as 'Ocean Breeze'. The asking price is 23.5million Euros. It's 82 metres long (269 ft), can accommodate 28 guests and the crew complement is 35.
For more information about the yacht as she is today, go to the Burgess Yachts website