The Feadship factor

Iduna was built by De Vries yard in Aalsmeer and designed by Henri de Voogt - both founder members of Feadship in 1949, which would become the number one builders of luxury yachts in the world.

In addition to having good taste, Van Ommeren's choice of Hollandís most famous naval architect was made easy because he was married to Henri de Voogt's aunt Wilhelmina. Having built many great racing boats during the 1920s, De Voogt earned global fame designing yachts for royalty, including Ramsar for the Shah of Persia and Piet Hein for the future Dutch queen Juliana. Ramsar was also built by De Vries, which went on to build many of the world's most famous superyachts.

World War II meant Van Ommeren only had a few weeks sailing on Iduna. With Holland under German occupation, the boat was moored in Warmond and gave refuge to four Dutch ladies during the freezing cold hunger winter of 1944-1945. After Van Ommeren passed away in 1945, the De Voogt family sailed Iduna for several years. Frits de Voogt, son of Henri de Voogt and one of the leaders of the Feadship organisation until his retirement in 1993, kept the logbook from these years and handed it over to Iduna's owner half a century later.

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