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From 1932 to 1977 US presidents had at their disposal a private yacht named USS Sequoia.
The vessel was capable of sleeping six, and hosting parties of up to 40 on its deck.
Aboard the Sequoia, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous parties.
President John F Kennedy celebrated his final birthday on the yacht, and President Richard Nixon held a summit with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
The boat was sold by the government by order of President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
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From Air Force One to armored cars like “the Beast”, the President of the United States tends to travel with a degree of style and fanfare.

And, until the 1970s , perhaps the ultimate option was the US presidential yacht — a ship maintained for their exclusive use, known as the “floating White House.”

On board, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous parties — or escaped the cares and clamour of Washington, D.C.

Below, Business Insider takes a look at the story of the last ever presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia.

The USS Sequoia was designed in 1925 by Norwegian John Trumpy, who at the time made the most sought-after luxury yachts in the world.

The yacht, which still exists in 2019, measures 104 feet long. In its heydey it had elegant cabins of mahogany and teak with brass finishings.

The vessel is named after Sequoyah, a leader of the Cherokee Nation.

It was bought by the US government from a Texas oil tycoon in 1931, and was soon reserved for use by presidents.

The vessel was berthed at Washington Navy Yard, a short drive from the White House.

Herbert Hoover was the first president to use the vessel, embarking for Florida coast fishing expeditions on the boat.

He was so enamored of the Sequoia he even used a picture of it on his 1932 Christmas card, seen above.

However, at a time when many Americans were suffering unemployment and poverty as a result of the Great Depression, the card drew criticism from political opponents.

The Sequoia has ample crew quarters and could sleep around eight people in her three double and two single state rooms.

Here is a picture of the president’s bedroom cabin, with the presidential seal above the bed.

The vessel had a spacious aft-deck, where about 40 guests could gather.

It was ideal for hosting family gatherings, or meetings with foreign leaders and their staff.

Up to 22 guests were able to dine on the vessel.

It was President Harry Truman who added the piano to the salon after becoming president in 1945.

Lyndon Baines Johnson later added a drinks bar.

Different presidents made their own adjustments to the vessel.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was confined to a wheelchair for much of his presidency, had an elevator installed so he could access each deck.

According to legend, he also decommissioned the vessel so he and Prime Minister Winston Churchill could enjoy alcoholic drinks on deck while they planned their strategy in World War II.

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Source:: Business Insider


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The story of the last US presidential yacht, which hosted foreign leaders and cruised the Caribbean until the 1970s

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