SOCIAL HISTORY – Steve Jobs’ Yacht “Venus” Premiers…

Steve Jobs’  yacht “Venus” is launched… 

You couldn’t expect Apple founder Steve Jobs to cruise the world in an off-the-shelf yacht.

Sadly, he died before the launch on Sunday of the custom yacht that Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries was building for him.

The ship, named “Venus,” is 70 meters to 80 meters long (230 to 262 feet), with a sleek profile and aluminum exterior, just like the iPhone 5, and seven 27-inch iMacs on the bridge, according to Dutch website One More Thing. It does also feature windows — a long row curving around the bow and, below that, portholes for the crew.

Prior to his passing, Jobs discussed the boat’s design and construction with his biographer, Walter Isaacson. Isaacson wrote of the boat: Steve showed me all of the models and architectural drawings. As expected, the planned yacht was sleek and minimalist. The teak decks were perfectly flat and unblemished by any accoutrements. As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high.

According to ABC, Jobs commissioned the yacht more than six years ago. Now that it’s finally finished, Jobs’ family handed out custom-engraved iPod shuffles to thank the builders.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…