The story of the last US presidential yacht, which hosted foreign leaders and cruised the Caribbean until the 1970s
- From 1932 to 1977 US presidents had at their disposal a private yacht named USS Sequoia.
- The vessel was capable of sleeping six, and hosting parties of up to 40 on its deck.
- Aboard the Sequoia, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous parties.
- President John F Kennedy celebrated his final birthday on the yacht, and President Richard Nixon held a summit with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
- The boat was sold by the government by order of President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
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From Air Force One to armored cars like "the Beast", the President of the United States tends to travel with a degree of style and fanfare.
And, until the 1970s , perhaps the ultimate option was the US presidential yacht - a ship maintained for their exclusive use, known as the "floating White House."
On board, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous parties - or escaped the cares and clamour of Washington, D.C.
Below, Business Insider takes a look at the story of the last ever presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia.