Paul Allen boat creates stir on reported archeological mission
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Maybe Paul Allen has a new type of museum in mind? The Microsoft co-founder was at the Port of Ashdod, Israel, over the weekend with one of his yachts, Tatoosh, in preparation for a visit to an "unknown marine archeological site somewhere off the coast," according to local reports cited by the Jerusalem Post.
Then again, there are signs this mission wasn't as serious as it would have appeared. Among its many amenities, the Tatoosh comes with its own dive decompression chamber, in addition to a swimming pool and a movie theater -- but it does not have its own submarine, as Allen's superyacht Octopus does. After all, if you're going to be the Indiana Jones of the Seas, Rule No. 1 is to bring the ship with the sub.
The Jerusalem Post says the port was closed to the media for Allen's arrival. From the story:
A spokesman for the Ashdod Port, which is the sole port in Israel large enough to accommodate such a private mega-yacht, said Allen's helicopter landed directly on one of the two pads on the fifth deck of the Tatoosh. The ship, with its 30-person crew, had been in Ashdod since Wednesday, and sailed out with Allen on board on Saturday.