Inside Saddam Hussein’s four-storey, 18-room megayacht – which the tyrant never even used

Inside Saddam Hussein’s four-storey, 18-room megayacht – which the tyrant never even used – that has now been converted into scientific research vessel

  • The ‘Basra Breeze’ yacht is now used as the Scientific Research Center for marine sciences at Basra University
  • It was built in 1980 in Denmark but was never used by fifth president of Iraq Saddam Hussein before his death
  • Pictures offer a glimpse inside the yacht including the dictator’s private quarters, a dining room and sea view

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Astonishing pictures show the inside of Saddam Hussein’s megayacht – which has now been converted into a scientific research vessel. 

The 82-metre (270-foot) yacht was nicknamed the ‘Basra Breeze’ and is now used as the Scientific Research Center of the Marine Sciences Institution of Basra University.

A look inside the yacht shows the dictator’s private quarters, a king-sized bedroom with silk curtains and a bathroom with gold details.

There is even a barbershop, dry cleaning and first aid room spread out over the four floors.

Astonishing pictures show the inside of Saddam Hussein's megayacht - which has now been converted into a scientific research vessel

Astonishing pictures show the inside of Saddam Hussein’s megayacht – which has now been converted into a scientific research vessel

The ship is equipped with a presidential suite comprising Saddam's private quarters, dining rooms and bedrooms

The ship is equipped with a presidential suite comprising Saddam’s private quarters, dining rooms and bedrooms

The new images offer a glimpse into the ship designed for Saddam Hussein - even though he never stepped foot onboard

The new images offer a glimpse into the ship designed for Saddam Hussein – even though he never stepped foot onboard

The deputy director of Basra museum previously said the yacht is a chance for ‘future generations to see how a dictator lived’. 

The construction of the yacht, on which Saddam Hussein never set foot, started in Denmark in 1980 and was completed a year later. 

Iraqi president Saddam was toppled in 2003 during the US-led invasion of Iraq and hanged three years later for crimes against humanity. 

Successive governments struggled to find a use for the ship but it has now been converted into a scientific research vessel.  

In 2018 it was put on the market for $30million but the government never found a buyer. 

The Basra Breeze’s sister ship al-Mansur – also never boarded by Hussein – sunk in the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Basra after it was hit by US planes. 

Visitors to the yacht took photographs of the long dining table, which can seat over 30 guests, in a room with low ceilings and views of the sea

Visitors to the yacht took photographs of the long dining table, which can seat over 30 guests, in a room with low ceilings and views of the sea

The 82-metre (270-foot) yacht is nicknamed the 'Basra Breeze' and is now used as the Scientific Research Center of the Marine Sciences Institution of Basra University

The 82-metre (270-foot) yacht is nicknamed the ‘Basra Breeze’ and is now used as the Scientific Research Center of the Marine Sciences Institution of Basra University

The yacht has 18 rooms, including those that were intended to be used as the dictator's private quarters

The yacht has 18 rooms, including those that were intended to be used as the dictator’s private quarters 

The construction of the yacht, on which Saddam Hussein never set foot, started in Denmark in 1980 and was completed a year later

The construction of the yacht, on which Saddam Hussein never set foot, started in Denmark in 1980 and was completed a year later

A second bedroom has dark blue details on the bedding and curtains - as well as an old-fashioned television

A second bedroom has dark blue details on the bedding and curtains – as well as an old-fashioned television

The ship has become a scientific research vessel after previously going on sale for $30million but failing to sell

The ship has become a scientific research vessel after previously going on sale for $30million but failing to sell

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