The Zaca Today!

07 Feb

The Zaca Today!
Built by Nunes Bros. in 1929-30, Sausalito, CA. for Templeton Crocker
Acquired by the US Navy, 12 June 1942
Placed in service as Zaca (IX-73), 19 June 1942
Placed out of service, 6 October 1944, at Naval Station Treasure Island, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1944
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 21 May 1945, for disposal
Sold in July 1945 to Joseph Rosenberg of San Francisco for $14,350Sold to Errol Flynn in 1946, he owned the Zaca
until his passing Oct. 14. 1959.
She was found rotting and abandoned in the south of France by Robert Memmo in 1990.

The ZACA has a life of her own, a distinct Survivor and a heart of Endurance how otherwise could she has survive 30 long years of neglect after her Captain's passing!

Zaca was in Palma de Mallorca in her berth at the Palm de Mallorca Yacht Club (Club Nautico) and the crew kept her maintained, but soon Patrice encountered financial problems. The lawyers kept Errol's estate for 14 years in probate for what reason is the biggest mystery. Unfair practices where suspected in particular how was it possible for the attorneys to consign the Zaca to English millionaire playboy Freddie Tinsley before the estate is released from probate and being one of a major asset.  Freddie Tinsley apparently was confident to sell her in France, instead he stripped her of every conceivable value she had and left her totally stripped abandoned in 1965 at a marina in Villefranche. The marina owner Bernard Voisin eventually claimed Zaca for non-payment of rent, but the neglect and deterioration took its toll and Zaca turned into a ghost ship. True or false, but eventually villagers claimed to hear party sounds coming from the boat at night and an exorcism took place in 1979.  Maybe designed to attract tourism, anything is possible.  Phillip Coussins, an English electronics tycoon purchased the marina in 1987 just to acquire the Zaca, as  she was now a marina asset, but the sale did not go through and ended up in court for what ever reason for the next two years.  At last Zaca's suffering is coming  to an end it is the year 1990 and Phillip Coussins who wanted the Zaca winds up selling the now horribly deteriorated Zaca to Roberto Memmo and Italian businessman restorer of antique buildings of  renown.  Roberto Memmo gives Zaca her most deserved rebirth after a 30 year  inhumane ordeal.




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Today Zaca is restored authentically to her former glory one can admirer her during the summer at important Regattas in the Mediterranean and in winter she is berthed in Port de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo!

     The Emblem

image     The Dining Room

image      The Living Room

image      Another side of the Living Room

image      Master Bedroom

image      Master Bathroom adjoining to Master Bedroom

image      The usual Guest Cabin

image      Deck Dining Area

image      Deck and Helm quite authentically restored

     The Helm

image      The Rigging


I am sure Errol is back on board and extremely happy that his Zaca is afloat again!

I think he is around and flies like angel do and sings this song:


Every night before the dream
I float up through the silent stream of galaxies,
Sailing along through stars.
Far above the cares of day
I drift beyond the Milky Way on stellar seas,
Sailing along through stars.
Feel a comet shower shimmer
All around you in a glim'ring wonderland.
Close your eyes and, in the hush,
You can almost feel the brush of Heaven's hand.
Meet me when the night is nigh
And I will show you how to fly like angels do,
Sailing along through stars.

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    February 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the “Stars” pitch, Tina!

  2. Anonymous

    February 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Robert,
    I love all your songs, but “Stars” is my most favorite and fits so well with Errol!
    Take care!

  3. Anonymous

    February 10, 2010 at 12:09 am

    So glad you enjoy it!

  4. The Zaca

    September 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Tina so many thanks for these lovely photos.

    • Tina

      September 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      You are very welcome Zaca!