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Ex-Yugo autocratic leader's iconic yacht given new life

Last Updated May 21, 2018 at 10:40 am ADT

In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 aerial photo, Galeb (Seagull), the yacht once used by the late president of socialist Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito, is moored in the port of the Adriatic city of Rijeka, Croatia. Decades of rust are covering its hull, the furniture is broken in its once luxurious salons, its powerful engines are permanently idle _ but against all odds, the iconic yacht that once belonged to the late Yugoslav strongman has been given a new lease of life and will be turned into a floating museum. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

RIJEKA, Croatia – Against all odds, the iconic yacht that once belonged to the late Yugoslav strongman Josip Broz Tito has been given a new lease on life.

Rust covers its hull. The furniture is broken in its once luxurious salons. The ship sank twice since being launched in 1938 and it was destined for a junkyard.

But now it will be turned into a floating museum.

In its heyday, it hosted Hollywood celebrities and world leaders and took Tito up the River Thames in England for a historic meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

The ship, called Galeb (pronounced gah-LEHB), or Seagull, is moored at the Croatian Adriatic port of Rijeka (pronounced REE-kah). Authorities there will refurbish it in a 5.4 million euro ($6.4 million) project that will start in 2019.

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