REPORT: Saddam Hussein’s superyacht has a new purpose (pictures)

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BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – The king size bed in Saddam Hussein’s superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber’s chair awaits its occupant.

But the Iraqi dictator never boarded the 82-meter (270-foot) “Basrah Breeze” built for him in 1981 – and its amenities will now be enjoyed by the pilots who guide shipping in and out of the port of Basra, the main southern city.

In common with other treasures left by Saddam, toppled in 2003 during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and hanged three years later for crimes against humanity, the governments that succeeded him have been struggling to find a use for the ship.

The article goes on to state the following:

Equipped with a presidential suite comprising Saddam’s private quarters, dining rooms and bedrooms, as well as 17 smaller guest rooms, 18 cabins for crew and a clinic, the opulently equipped and decorated vessel was put on the market for $30 million.

The report further notes that Basra museum hopes they will eventually be allowed to dock the vessel next to its exhibition halls in one of Saddam’s former palaces so that “future generations could see how a dictator lived,” according to Jawad Abdul Kadhim, the museum’s deputy director.

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