Dream Boat

May 2012

If you weren’t sure about the JFK as a mascot ship for the city of Portland, how about the Williamsburg? Rusting in Italy, Harry S. Truman’s presidential yacht–built at BIW in 1930–is hungry for a new home.

By Steven W. Lindsey

During his presidency, Harry Truman’s place of refuge was his presidential yacht, the Maine-built USS Williamsburg. As he implemented the Marshall Plan, founded NATO, dismissed General Douglas MacArthur, and managed the Korean War, the former artillery commander and haberdasher found solace under sail aboard the Williamsburg.

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