Today in History: The Advent of the Floating White House

In 1933, the Navy’s U.S.S. Sequoia became the official presidential yacht
A life-preserver is hung on the U.S.S. Sequoia presidential yacht on May 29, 2003 in Washington, DC. The boat was decommissioned by Jimmy Carter.
A life-preserver is hung on the U.S.S. Sequoia presidential yacht on May 29, 2003 in Washington, DC. The boat was decommissioned by Jimmy Carter. Alex Wong/Getty Images

March 25, 1933: The Navy’s U.S.S. Sequoia became the official presidential yacht. Every POTUS used this floating White House, until President Jimmy Carter sold it to save the government money. The Sequoia, once called “America’s equivalent to the Royal Yacht,” has a rich and colorful history. Franklin D. Roosevelt and General Dwight Eisenhower used it to plan the D-Day invasion of Europe, Harry Truman hosted poker games on it, Lyndon Johnson watched movies projected onto its white smokestack, and Richard Nixon decided to resign on it. After Nixon made his decision, he played “God Bless America” on the ship’s piano. You can read more about theSequoia here.

Quote of the Day

“Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.” —Calvin Coolidge

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