One tall order

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Star Clipperscruise lines, known for vessels with a multitude of masts and sails, plans on building a 518-foot sailing ship – the world’s largest. The five-masted bark will carry 37 sails and 68,350 square feet of sail on a rig that will extend 217 feet above the waterline.

The ship is being modeled after the 492-foot France II, which was built by Chantiers de la Gironde in Bordeaux for the nickel ore trade in 1912. According to a press release from Star Clippers, France II was one of the first cruise ships, complete with a piano bar, library, dark room and even a seawater spa.

The weight of the new Star Clipper vessel, which boasts a 61-foot beam, is estimated at 7,400 tons, and is 48-percent larger than Star Clipper’s Royal Clipper, currently the largest of its kind in the world.

Amenities will include a two-level dining room, a private dining room, piano lounge, a club room that can transform into a 160-person conference room, two bars, a library, observation room, spa, gymnasium and even a retractable marina at the stern that can provide access for water sports, snorkeling and diving — if the three swimming pools aren’t enough.

The ship will feature an Ice Class C hull, davit dampening system and a diesel electric propulsion system.

— Elizabeth Ellis