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USSPotomac(AG-25), Delano Roosevelt's presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. It is one of only three still existing presidential yachts.[2][clarification needed]On 3 August 1941, she played a decoy role while Roosevelt held a secret conference to develop theAtlantic Charter. She is now preserved inOakland,California, as aNational Historic Landmark.

Service history[edit]1934–1945[edit]

Potomacwas originally built in 1934 by theManitowoc Ship Building Company,Manitowoc, Wisconsinas theUnited States Coast Guard CutterElectra. She was converted to serve as a presidential yacht and commissioned into theUnited States Navyin 1936. In the following years,Potomacwas heavily used by PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt, for fishing trips and informal political meetings. The second funnel is fake, and concealed the elevator used for raising Roosevelt in his wheelchair in the unlikely event of having to enter lifeboats on the roof. In 1939 theUnited Kingdom'sKing George VIandQueen Elizabethtravelled with the Roosevelts aboardPotomactoGeorge Washington's home atMt. Vernon.

On 3 August 1941, President Roosevelt leftWashingtonto boardPotomacat the submarine base atNew London.Potomacthen sailed forAppogansett Baywhere the President did some fishing and entertained guests includingCrown Princess MärthaofNorway. EventuallyPotomacanchored in Menemsha Bight inVineyard Sound, where the heavy lay at anchor. In the early hours of 5 AugustPotomaccame alongsideAugustaand the President and his party transferred to the warship.Augustathen proceeded at high speed toNewfoundlandfor a clandestine meeting withWinston Churchill. During this meeting, Roosevelt and Churchill agreed to theAtlantic Charter, agreeing to the principles of the Allied partnership duringWorld War IIand setting the scene for theUnited Nationsto plan the post-war peace.

In the meantime and for security purposes, thePresident's flagcontinued to be flown fromPotomacwhile she transited theCape Cod CanaltoNew Englandwaters. ASecret Serviceman, approximating the President in size and affecting his mannerisms when visible from a distance, played a starring role in the deception. Press releases issued daily fromPotomacled all who read them to believe that the President was really embarked in his yacht on a pleasure cruise. After the meetings,Augustareturned the President toPotomacon 14 August.

After President Roosevelt's death,Potomacwas decommissioned by the Navy, and returned to US Coast Guard custody in November 1945.


From 1946 she served with theMaryland Tidewater Fisheries Commission, and was sold to Warren G. Toone in April 1960 and used as a private ferry boat betweenPuerto Ricoand theVirgin Islands.

In January 1964 she was purchased byElvis Presleyfor US$55,000. Presley offered it to theMarch of Dimeswho could not use it. He then gave it toSt. Jude Children's Hospital, in Memphis, to sell as a fund raiser. The hospital was able to sell it that same year for US$ 75,000. By 1980, she was involved in drug smuggling and was seized by theUnited States Customs ServiceinSan Francisco, then towed toTreasure Island, where she sank.


After being refloated by the U.S. Navy just two weeks later,Potomacwas sold to thePort of Oaklandfor $15,000 and underwent a major restoration. She is now preserved by the Potomac Association, and berthed atJack London SquareinOakland. She is open to dockside tours and regular cruises onSan Francisco Bay.

Potomacwas used in June 2011 to film shipboard scenes of thePaul Thomas AndersonfilmThe Master. ActorsJoaquin Phoenix,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Amy Adamsand others shot scenes aboard the yacht while docked and under way.[4]

See also[edit]

Media related toUSS Potomac (AG-25)at Wikimedia Commons

  • Franklin Delano his own (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), commonly known by his initialsFDR, was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the32ndPresident of the United States. From March 1933 to his death in April 1945, he was elected for four consecutive terms, and remains the only president ever to serve more than eight years. He was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. A dominant leader of theDemocratic Party, he built aNew Deal Coalitionthat realigned American politics after 1932, as hisNew Dealdomestic policies definedAmerican liberalismfor the middle third of the 20th century.

    With the bouncy popular song "Happy Days Are Here Again" as his campaign theme, FDR defeated incumbent RepublicanHerbert HooverinNovember 1932, at the depth of theGreat Depression. Energized by his personal victory overpolio, FDR's persistent optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit.[2]Assisted by key aideHarry Hopkins, he worked closely with British Prime MinisterWinston Churchilland Soviet leaderJoseph Stalinin leading theAlliesagainstNazi War II.

    In hisfirst hundred daysin office, which began March 4, 1933, Roosevelt spearheaded major legislation and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted theNew Deal—a variety of programs designed to produce relief (government jobs for the unemployed), recovery (economic growth), and reform (through regulation of Wall Street, banks and transportation). The economy improved rapidly from 1933 to 1937, but then relapsed into a deep recession. The bipartisanConservative Coalitionthat formed in 1937 prevented hispacking the Supreme Courtor passing any considerable legislation; it abolished many of the relief programs when unemployment practically vanished during the war. Most of the regulations on business were ended about 1975–1985, except for the regulation of Wall Street by theSecurities and Exchange Commission, which still exists. Along with several smaller programs, major surviving programs include theFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which was created in 1933, andSocial Security, which Congress passed in 1935.

    As World War II loomed after 1938, with the Japanese invasion of China and the aggression ofNazi Germany, FDR gave strong diplomatic and financial support to China and Great Britain, while remaining officially neutral. His goal was to make America the "Arsenal of Democracy" which would supply munitions to theAllies. In March 1941, Roosevelt, with Congressional approval, providedLend-Leaseaid to the countries fighting against Nazi Germany with England, Scotland, and Wales. With very strong national support, he made war on Japan and Germany after the Japaneseattack on Pearl Harboron December 7, 1941, calling it a "date which will live in infamy". He supervised the mobilization of the U.S. economy to support the Allied war effort. As an active military leader, Roosevelt implemented an overall war strategy on two fronts that ended in the defeat of theAxis Powersand the development of the world's firstatom bomb. In 1942 Roosevelt ordered theinternmentof 100,000Japanese Americancivilians.

    Unemployment dropped to 2%, relief programs largely ended, and the industrial economy grew rapidly to new heights as millions of people moved to new jobs in war centers, and 16 million men and 300,000 women were drafted or volunteered for military service. All economic sectors grew during the war. Farm output went from an index (by volume) of 106 in 1939 to 128 in 1943. Coal output went from 446 million tons in 1939 to 651 in 1943; oil from 1.3 billion barrels to 1.5 billion. Manufacturing output doubled, from an index of 109 in 1939 to 239 in 1943. Railroads strained to move it all to market, from an output of 13.6 billion loaded car miles in 1939 to 23.3 in 1943.[3]

    Roosevelt dominated the American political scene during the twelve years of his presidency, and his policies and ideas continued to have significant impacts for decades afterward. He orchestrated therealignmentof voters that created theFifth Party System. FDR'sNew Deal Coalitionunited labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans, and rural white Southerners. His work also influenced the later creation of theUnited NationsandBretton Woods. Roosevelt is consistently rated by scholars as one of thetop three U.S. Presidents, along withAbraham LincolnandGeorge Washington.

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