Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) On March 25, 1933, the United States Navy commissioned the U.S.S. Sequoia* which would serve for the pleasure of eight Presidents of the United States. For two years previous to commissioning, the Sequoia was used by Herbert Hoover as a fishing boat.
Because of his confinement to a wheelchair, FDR had an elevator installed between the upper and lower decks of the yacht. JFK added a king-size bed while LBJ had FDR's elevator removed and in its place installed a liquor bar. LBJ also enjoyed sitting on the deck at night having movies projected on the Sequoia's white smokestack.
www.sequoiayacht.com says that John F. Kennedy..."was perhaps the crew's favorite President" because of his youth, service in the Navy, and love of the sea. Town and Country magazine says that today the yacht is "reportedly deteriorating in a Virginia boatyard..."
*USS Sequoia is a 91 ton yacht, 104 feet in length with a beam of 18 feet 2 inches. It has a speed of 12 knots (14 mph). USSS was built in 1925 & designed by Johan Trumpy. It was in the service of the U.S. from 1933 to 1977.
"What Ever Happened to the Presidential Yacht?" by Oliver Sharpe, July 17, 2017, Town and Country Magazine, www.townandcountrymag.com/