Northern Magic : Canada's Most Famous Yacht
Northern Magic became Canada's most famous yacht when Diane and Herbert Stuemer took their family of four children on a four year circumnavigation of the globe between 1997 and 2001. Regular dispatches to the Ottawa Citizen built up an enthusiastic following 'back home'. Diane, diagnosed with cancer before the trip began, died two years after it ended in 2003, but not before seeing her book on the family's adventure published.
Herbert sold Northern Magic to a Frenchman in 2013 after spending a Christmas alone aboard. His final voyage was to deliver her from the Mediterranean to Brazil. In November 2015 Northern Magic was spotted aground on rocks off the coast of Uruguay at Punta del Este. She had broken loose from her mooring during a storm. She was still there in July 2016, seemingly abandoned. In February 2017 she was recovered and was offered for sale for £7,500.
As Tarwathie, a couple of Ship's Logs for 1980 and 1982 are amongst the personal papers of Dwight Fay Rettie held by the University of Oregon.
Other boats built to the Albatross design include Juliane, Repete II (ex Zepardy, ex Ceol Mara), Burong Chamar III, Tropic Moon (ex Miskin), Amazone of Hamble (ex Gay Gallivanter), and Disalagraptus.
Northern Magic Statistics
Built : 1961 by Tak Brothers in the Netherlands
LOA : 42' 1"
LWL : 32' 0"
Beam : 11' 8"
Draught : 5' 7"
Displacement : 15,000 kg
Northern Magic Custodians & Home Ports
Diane & Herbert Stuemer (1996-2013) Canada
Dwight Fay Rettie (?-1980-1982-?) Elba, Italy
Northern Magic Links
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Page last updated : May 2018