Lovely Lady

Historical Summary:

  • A n a l g r a was designed by Charles D. Mower and built by Henry B. Nevins, 1930
  • Analgra was at 120’ the largest yacht built by the Nevins yard. Cost to build: $250,000.
  • Built for Lewis E. Pierson, President and C.E.O. of Irving Trust and President of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
  • Analgra was later known as Tara when owned by another Nevins regular customer E. Townsend Irvin of New York.
  • During the early 1950’s Analgra was in the hands of Gen.Douglas McArthur while he was CEO at Remington Rand. Over
    the years the yacht was prominent on the west coast appearing in several films including “Some like it Hot” (in fact Marilyn Monroe
    used the yacht as quarters during filming), “Tequila Sunrise” with Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michele Pfeiffer, and Raul Julia; and
    was also featured in the Batman movie and T.V. show.
  • Historic 1930 Motor Yacht Sinks In Miami [Excerpted from TowBoat US article]

    As the sun came up over the Miami River on Saturday, April 25th 2009; what was once a Grand old Motor Yacht was laying on the bottom after taking on water earlier in the week and sinking in her berth. The 121' Nevins currently named Lovely Lady was originally named Tara; commissioned by Pierson to be built at New York's famous Nevins yard (the largest yacht ever built at Nevins), purchased by retired Admiral E. Townsend Irvin (friends of President Dwight D. and Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower) U.S. Navy War Commission and Commodore of prestigious New York Yacht Club. The yacht was the flagship of the club. In 1942, when the United States entered World War II, he donated the vessel to "the cause" as wood boats served as ideal minesweepers.

    When the war ended, Tara was sold to the Remington-Rand Corporation (later Sperry-Rand) and again, she hosted many notables and witnessed historic events. Sperry-Rand became the backer and sole distributor for the newly formed Univac Company and many of the associations that led the way to the formation and development of the modern computer were born aboard this vessel. Tara's logs show that she crossed the Atlantic a number of times.

    However, it wasn't until 1958, when Tara was renamed Lovely Lady when she was sold to California entrepreneurs who leased the vessel to movies and television producers, when she reached the height of her recognition. Starting in 1958, she had a brief appearance in Billy Wilder's "Some Like it Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. She appeared in many Television shows, and thirty years of films, the last being Mel Gibson's "Tequila Sunrise" in 1988. In the 1990's, she served as a private charter yacht in California, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Many Hollywood notables chartered her for private parties, including Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Caulfield, and Alan Hale. Currently, a screenplay is being written with regard to the vessels intriguing encounters, including being the scene of the passing of a New York socialite, and Ms. Monroe is reported to have stayed aboard her during the filming of "Some Like it Hot". In an attempt to learn more about the yacht; a YouTube clip taken from an episode of Batman in the 1960's was discovered. In this amusing video clip Batman and Robin are aboard the "Bat Copter" flying over the Ocean. About half way through the video you will see several close-up shots of what is believed to be the Lovely Lady underway. Make sure you watch the entire clip as you will learn more about how to ward off aggressive shark attacks...very educational and informative!

    Lovely Lady's owner had spent over a decade dedicated to this restoration. He discovered the yacht in Grand Cayman where the previous owner had left her; overcoming a litany of obstacles including possible demolition using explosives by the holding company for the marina in Grand Cayman and her eventual transit back to Miami Florida in 1999 which was interrupted by a stop in Cuba due to Hurricane Irene's unexpected track change. Since her arrival in Miami, the owner reported that the decks and superstructures had been rebuilt as well as the main engines and generators. A new electrical system was added to compliment the generators. Much of the boats structural hull framing was also replaced representing hundreds of man hours and considerable material costs.