Presidential Yacht Foundation
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President and Classic
The Presidential Yacht Sequoia served eight presidents from Hoover to Ford. Designed by John Trumpy and built in 1925, the 104-foot Sequoia also expresses the highest standard among classic wooden yachts. On both accounts she is a national treasure.
Beautifully renovated by Norfolk Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in recent years at a cost of about $3.6 million, Sequoia is fully operational.
She returned in April 1998 for the first time in 21 years to the Washington Navy Yard, her historic home to a warm and sentimental welcome.
The Sequoia Presidential Yacht Foundation
The newly formed non-profit and tax exempt Sequoia Presidential Yacht Foundation is set up to acquire, endow, and operate Sequoia.
Charters - Sequoia is available for limited, high end charters to help off-set some, but by no means all of her costs. Elegant and intimate, she can carry up to 49 guests under Coast Guard rules. She cruises mostly on the Potomac and Chesapeake but can cruise further by special arrangement. For charter information call 202-872-8228.
Contributions - The Foundation accepts donations from the public, corporations and professional firms, philanthropic groups, associations, foundations, and others to help save the historic vessel for the American people.
Youth and Education Program
The Sequoia Presidential Yacht Foundation supports youth and educational programs that are at the heart of the Sequoia foundation philosophy.
Sequoia has her own Naval Sea Cadet programs. The emphasis is on seamanship skills and discipline and on Sequoia's history and also the history of the presidents she served.
Sequoia Through the Years
Sequoia entered government service in 1931 when she was bought by the Department of Commerce for use as a decoy ship to trap rum runners during Prohibition.
In commission or in service for 44 years from 1933 to 1977, she served during some of the most turbulent years in our nation's history. The period spans the Great Depression and the New Deal to World War II and the Marshall Plan for European Recovery, the Korean War, the Cold War and the Arms and Space Races, the Civil Rights Movement, the New Frontier and Great Society, Vietnam, and Watergate.
Sequoia served more presidents over a longer period than any other yacht. She was proclaimed a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Through the years Sequoia has served not only presidents but also cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, and congressional leaders.
Steeped in history, this great yacht continues to provide a relaxed and intimate setting.
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