What do Johnny Depp and J. P. Morgan have in common – a taste for classic yachts!


Johnny Depp and J. P. Morgan Jr. seen aboard their respective yachts.

Cruising the past and the future: Actor Johnny Depp and the famous financier J. P. Morgan Jr. have one thing in common – classic yachts!

Depp’s VaJoliroja.

Morgan built the yacht Corsair and Depp refurbished his yacht VaJoliroja (pronounced along the lines of “The Jolly Roger”).

J. P. Morgan’s Corsair.

Although Depp’s yacht is much smaller than Morgan’s – they both share classic lines.

Depp’s yacht is the ex Antolia. She is 143-feet on deck (156′ including bow sprit), and was built in Turkey in 2001. The yacht is a modern classic luxury superyacht 47m (156ft) long and was built by Proteksan Turquoise Yacht built in turkey in 2001. Depp did an extensive refit in 2007.

Classic accommodations aboard the VaJoliroja.

The actor looked at a lot of more modern “Explorer” yachts, but in addition to being attracted to her graceful looks with long wooden bowsprit, saucy counter stern and yards of gleaming bright work, her narrow beam and fuel efficient Caterpillar 3406 engines also satisfied his requirements for fuel efficiency. (25.4 GPH at 12 knots with both engines and generator running.)

Depp’s yacht has received yachting awards and opposed to other celebrity yachts – is built in great taste and is nothing like the “super boat” grossness of mega-billionaires such as David Geffen.

Deck Plan of Depp’s Yacht.

Depp’s yacht accommodates 12 guests, requires an 8 man crew and has a 229 ton displacement.

She has 5 guest cabins including the large owner’s suite.

The name Vajoliroja is a combination of Johnny’s family’s names, Va for Vanessa, Jo for Johnny, LiRo for his 9 year old daughter Lily Rose and Ja for his son Jack.

If you say it just right, it sounds like ‘The Jolly Roger’.

For more information on Morgan’s Corsair click this link on New York Social Diary.



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"…