|M/Y Madiz - Historic Timeline|
in 1902 as TRITON
Registered owner - James Coats, junior - Ferguslie House, Paisley, Renfrewshire.
James Coats was immensly wealthy, head of the great cotton firm of Paisley. He was a retiring, whimsical man, a great philanthropist, an avid yachtsman, and sponsor of many scientific expeditions. Here are some links about his life:
Triton was designed by G.L. Watson and built to Lloyd's Register class +100A1 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Troon, completed and launched on 27 February 1902. The Lloyd's Register of Yachts, 1903-4 gives her dimensions in feet as length 147.5 (length between perpendiculars 147.0), breadth 22.5 and depth 13.1. She was 289.92 tons gross, net 58.39 tons and her Thames measurement was 337.
She had six and a half bulkheads and two decks, with the upper fitted out in teak. She was fitted with triple expansion 6 cylinder 10", 16" & 26" - 18" engines with 91 nominal horsepower by Dunismuir & Jackson, Govan. Her sails were made by Lapthorn & Ratseys in 1902. Her call sign was T.J.G.P. and official number 115677.
|1912||After Mr. Coats's death she passed to his Executors|
to Sir George Bullough - Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rhum, by Oban who renamed her
Sir Bullough, later a Baron, was a larger than life character, 6' 8" tall, immesly rich and owner of the Ise of Rum, a shooting estate, home of Kinlock Castle, where he held many grand parties and gatherings. He purchased Madiz to replace his previous yacht and renamed her "Rhouma". A lot is written about his extravagant lifestyle. Here are some links:
|1920||Registered to Vincent S.E. Grech, 318, Finchley Road, London, N.W.3|
1923 the vessel was lengthened 9'-2" by Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.,
Greenock. Her new dimensions (in feet) length 156.7 (length between perpendiculars 156.1),
breadth 22.5, and depth 13.1 Also fitted for oil fuel.
Her registered tonnage was 140.01 net tons, 318.50 tons gross and her new Thames measurement was 361.
to Captain C. Oswald Liddell - Shirenewton Hall, Chepstow and renamed "OSPREY"
Captain Liddell was also the owner of this yacht.
|1929||Registered to T. Sackville Manning - 6 Lennox Gardens, London, S.W.1.|
to W.D. Wills, M.P. - 2 Whitehall Court, London, S.W.1.
Call sign M.D.M.F., fitted with electric light
|Lloyd's Register of Yachts records that vessel is 'To be renamed RHOUMA' but by the following year she was renamed HINIESTA again|
|1939||Registered to Sir Frederick Preston, G.P., K.B.E., J.P., - Landford Manor, Salisbury, Wilts and renamed HINIESTA|
|1940 - 1945||WWII
Acquired by His Majesty's Government.(Lloyd's did not publish the Yacht Register during
The above images are from a "British Pathe" news reel named "Royal Visit to Ulster", dated 26/07/1945, when Madiz (then named Hiniesta) was assigned as "Royal Patrol Yacht" (Click here for related video). She carried King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elisabeth (the current Queen) on a Victory Tour (More...)
During the war Madiz was employed mostly in the research and development of the HFDF (High Freequency Direction Finder - or "huff-duff" as it was popularly known) which was instrumental in the winning of the Battle for the Atlantic. Here are some links:
|1947||Signal letters changed to G.L.N.Z.|
|1950||Registered to the Executors of the late Sir Frederick Preston|
|1951||Registered to Benjamin Meaker - 36/40 York Way, King's Cross, London, N.1.|
|Registered to Steam yacht "President Roberts", Inc., - c/o The International Trust Company of Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia. No signal letters recorded, port of registry Monrovia, Liberia. Renamed PRESIDENT ROBERTS|
Registered to Camper & Nicholson Ltd., port of Registry Southampton. Renamed HINIESTA.
|1955||Registered to North Marine & Industrial Consultants Ld. - Clifton House, Euston Road, London N.W.1.|
|1964||Registered to North & Partners, Ltd. - 37 Great Cumberland Place, London W.1. Signal letters M.T.Q.V.|
to C. Keletchekis, no port of registry recorded. Class suspended, reported defects May
Mr. Keletsekis was Greek, born in Iran and long time President of the Greek community there. He was a highly respected business man in contracting works, shipping and commercial shrimp fishing and a scholar or Russian, English and ancient Greek literature.
|1971||Registered to K.M. Corporation (Monrovia), c/o A. Sahinis, 11, B'Merarchias, Piraeus, Greece, port of registry Panama.|
|Registered to Kostas Keletsek - c/o Ross Persian Sea Foods Corp., 6-8 Kouche Sirk, Avenue Ferdowsky, Teheran 11, Iran, and renamed "MADIZ"|
|1975||Class suspended due to owner not wishing to follow surveys. Last entry in Yacht Register is for 1977|
|1980's||Registered to Conduct Shipping Company|
|1993||Registered owner "Prince Trading Corp.", Monrovia, Liberia.|
owner "Prince Trading Corp.", Monrovia, Liberia.
Returned to class with Lloyd's Register, with original +100A1, LMC notation.
|2013||Registered owner "Prince Trading Corp.", Monrovia, Liberia.|