As Jeff Bezos prepares to take delivery of one of the largest sailing superyachts ever built he is in the process of scrapping another vessel
Named Jacklynafter his mother, the vessel is a former roll-on, roll-off cargo ship that had been undergoing conversion in Florida into a landing platform for the company’s New Glenn rocket boosters the first of which is expected to launch in 2023
Now it appears that Jeff Bezos ’ Blue Origin spaceflight company has removed Jacklyn from her berth in the Port of Pensacola, Florida, and sent her on her final voyage to a scrapyard in Brownsville, Texas.
Blue Origin had originally acquired the RoRo Stena Freighter in 2018. The company brought the ship to Florida for conversion in late 2020, and held a renaming ceremony for the vessel in December 2020.
180 metres overall with a 25 metre beam, Jacklyn would have been a large and stable platform for collecting the rocket’s first stages as they descended back towards Earth.
Details explaining why conversion work was stopped have not released to the media.
But a company spokesperson did tell media, “Blue Origin is committed to safe and cost-effective access to space, and after careful consideration have made the decision to transition away from the Jacklyn as a landing solution.”