US Presidential Yacht Sequoia to Begin Restoration

The famous US presidential yacht Sequoia is one step closer to being restored after spending years in disrepair.

The 32 metre yacht, which was frequented by some of the most prominent US presidents of the 20th Century, has now been transported to the French & Webb shipyard in Maine to begin her mammoth restoration.

It comes after the yacht, which has been left in a state of disrepair for a number of years, was the subject of a lengthy legal battle. This eventually resulted in the yacht being sold to FE Partners in November 2016.

Wolfe House & Building Movers were tasked with moving the yacht from Virginia to the Maine-based yard French & Webb using an ocean barge. It is estimated the restoration will take around four years to complete.

Current owner, private equity firm Equator Capital Group, told the Press Herald that following its restoration, the yacht will be based in Washington D.C and used to teach presidential history.

The 31.97 metre vessel was built in 1925 by John Mathis & Company and was originally owned by banker Richard Cadwalader before being sold to Texan businessman William Dunning.

She was sold again in 1931 to the United States government. From then her history became closely entwined with some of the most famous US presidents — John F Kennedy spent his last birthday on board while Herbert Hoover used Sequoia to visit his mother in Florida. Franklin D. Roosevelt meanwhile had a wheelchair lift installed so that he could use her as an operational base during World War II.

Richard Nixon was particularly fond of Sequoia, taking more than 80 trips on board, including the night before he decided to resign in 1974.

Following her presidential reign, Sequoia was made available for charter in Washington, D.C. But the yacht was hauled out at the Chesapeake Boat Works shipyard in Deltaville, Virginia in December 2014 where she remained ever since.