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USS Mayflower (PY-1)

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A luxurious steam yacht built in 1896 by J. and G. Thomson, Clydebank, Scotland for millionaire Ogden Goelet who died on board the Mayflower in August 1897. Her sister ship, said to be almost identical and built at the same time and in the same yard for brother, Robert Goelet, later became USS Nahma (SP-771).[1]

She served as the presidential yacht for five United States presidents (T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge). She also served as a warship, and was possibly the only US Navy ship (certainly one of the very few) to have been in active commissioned service in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.[2]

See Also

  • Further reading: Hofman, Erik (1970). The Steam Yachts - An Era of Elegance. New York: John De Graff Inc. pp. 100–103.

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