John F. Kennedy Glass From Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Sequoia For Sale
John F. Kennedy Glass From Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Sequoia:
Featured here is a tall glass from the U.S.S. Sequoia, John F. Kennedy’s presidential yacht where he often relaxed during his Presidency. The glass is engraved with the Presidential seal and “SEQUOIA” in gilt gold. The glass measures 5″ tall. It is in near fine condition. One just like this sold this past October at Nate Sanders online sale for $1,400.
In 1933, the USS Sequoia was commissioned as a presidential yacht. For 44 years, it served as a floating venue for eight Presidents, who relaxed and held meetings aboard the vessel. Earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department had used the 104-foot vessel, which was built in 1925, as a decoy to snare Prohibition-era rum runners.
Even before it was recommissioned, President Herbert Hoover used the yacht to go fishing. During the Great Depression, he sailed on the Sequoia to Florida to visit his mother. Hoover wore a three-piece suit during the voyage.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt chose the 318-foot USS Potomac as the official White House yacht. But during World War II, FDR used the Sequoia to meet secretly with Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to review D-Day invasion plans. FDR, irritated that he needed the crews’ assistance to move him from the main salon to the upper deck, instructed that an elevator be installed between the upper and lower decks, allowing him to travel between the presidential stateroom and the salon without help.
President Harry S. Truman entertained visitors on the vessel, playing the piano in the main salon and dealing poker hands. He also approved dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and later conducted the world’s first nuclear arms control summit while aboard the vessel.
President John F. Kennedy celebrated his last (46th) birthday party on board. President Lyndon B. Johnson liked to sit on the upper deck and watch movies projected on to the yacht’s white smokestack. Both LBJ and President Gerald Ford often met with congressional leaders and foreign visitors aboard the yacht. Johnson had the elevator removed and replaced it with a liquor bar.
President Richard Nixon used the yacht on 88 occasions, often sailing down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon, where he told Navy personnel to play “Taps” and salute George Washington’s tomb. Nixon ordered that an electronic shield be built around the entire yacht because he feared he was being bugged. This required that small pinholes be drilled six inches apart throughout the entire railing. It was on board the Sequoia in 1974 that Nixon told his family that he had decided to resign rather than face impeachment.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter ordered the Sequoia to be saleed off as a symbolic cutback in federal outlays. It fetched $270,000 at sale. Even after the sale, it was occasionally available for use by presidents and vice presidents. (George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton conducted negotiations on the vessel.)
Included with this listing are a few photos of JFK onboard the Sequoia relaxing and celebrating his birthday. These are online photos and not included as actual photos with the glass.Related Items: