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Status symbols: Presidential yachts from around the world

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USS Mayflower

Presidential yachts have become something of a rarity in the 21st century, but in their heyday these magnificent vessels were the ultimate sign of power for heads of state across the world.

Launched by J&G Thompson in 1896, USS Mayflower was one of the earliest presidential yachts, hosting five commanders in chief from Theodore Roosevelt to Calvin Coolidge over a 24-year period before Herbert Hoover had her decommissioned in 1929. Measuring 83 metres LOA, she was used for a 1905 peace conference that helped to bring about the end of the Russo-Japanese War. After serving in the US Coast Guard and the Israeli Navy, USS Mayflower was broken up in 1955.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

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