Extraordinary photos of ship which sank twice and belonged to Yugoslav’s president

PIC BY Thomas Windisch / CATERS NEWS 

This extraordinary ship sank TWICE and was used by the Yugoslav’s President as his private yacht.

The Galeb was built in 1938 as a banana freighter, but was later adopted as a light cruiser in World War Two by Italy before being used by the Germans as a mine ship.

The boat, also know as The Peace Ship, is 117 metres long and also spent its days as the personal yacht of Josip Broz Tito, the first President of Yugoslavia.

PIC BY Thomas Windisch / CATERS NEWS 

The magnificent boat was sunk twice – the first time in 1944 by allied aircraft, the second in 2008 after developing a leak – and is now docked in Rijeka, Croatia.

Thomas Windisch, from Vienna, Austria, has now photographed the ship which still has tables ready to be eaten at and beds ready to sleep in.

PIC BY Thomas Windisch / CATERS NEWS 

The student and photographer, who’s 34, said: “It was really hard to get permission to go inside and photograph the ship.

“Josip Tito spent so much time on that ship, so to be honest I thought he’d have invested more money into it and made it more comfortable.

PIC BY Thomas Windisch / CATERS NEWS 

“Interestingly, his wife’s cabin was a lot bigger and more comfortable than the President’s private cabin.”