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

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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