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April 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

New Orleans agog over Paul Allen’s yacht

The Crescent City is fascinated by a ginormous yacht that Paul Allen docked at a downtown slip usually filled by cruise ships, according to a fun story in The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Allen’s 301-foot “Tatoosh” — complete with helicopter — parked Sunday near the Riverwalk shopping center where it’s expected to remain for a few weeks, the article said.

The Mercer Island billionaire didn’t comment, but the paper noted that he’s a frequent visitor to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that begins Friday. Or maybe he just wanted a beignet.

An except from the story, which has a great online photo gallery:

Steven Bowen, who works at the New Orleans Visitors Center in the Riverwalk mall, has made himself something of an expert, not only on swamp tours and streetcars, but also on the Tatoosh.

He dutifully recites statistics about the craft for the many mall patrons who inquire.

“It’s unusual for a private yacht to dock here, ” he said. “Usually, you just have the Carnival Fantasy dock here, or a Norwegian cruise ship.”

Imagine what they’d think if Allen brought his big yacht to town.

His 414-foot “Octopus” was last spotted in Puerto Rico in early March, according to yachtspotter.com.

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