A 164-foot mega yacht named the Lady M anchored next to Clover Island in Kennewick on Saturday night, attracting spectators and spawning a rumor that it might be the personal ship of Ringo Starr, the drummer for The Beatles.
The yacht passed through the McNary Dam lock earlier in the day while traveling the Columbia River from its last port in Astoria.
The Daily Astorian reported the rumors of Starr owning the yacht could not be confirmed, despite a Coast Guard source saying otherwise.
Tim Arntzen, executive director of the Port of Kennewick, said he had heard the yacht might belong to Starr and alerted the Tri-City Herald that it was in town Saturday evening.
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A small group of people gathered on shore to check out the mega yacht, but no one reported a Ringo sighting.
The Astorian noted that Starr and the Beatles were famous for their yellow submarine, and that without any other confirmation, perhaps the mystery surrounding Lady M was speculation and "we should let it be."
A more likely owner of the Lady M is Lord Michael Ashcroft, a politician and businessman from Australia, according to several online reports.
The Lady M reportedly is cruising up the Columbia River, just as it had cruised the Willamette River last week.
It reportedly costs $180,000 a week to rent the yacht, according to the website, askthe boater.com, which describes the Lady M as being owned by Ashcroft.
Gorgenews.com reports the mega yacht docked in The Dalles on Thursday night with one Starr-struck visitor on shore clutching a guitar, likely hoping for an autograph.
According to www.marinetraffic.com, a website that lists ship details and tracks vessels, the yacht is registered in the South Pacific's Marshal Islands with previous registration in Belize.