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Status symbols: Presidential yachts from around the world

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USS Sequoia

At just 32 metres LOA, USS Sequoia is the smallest presidential yacht on our list, but her history is no less storied. Designed by John Trumpy and launched in 1926 at the Mathis Yacht Building Company in Camden, New Jersey, she was used to intercept moonshine smugglers in the prohibition era.

She has hosted a series of US presidents, including John F. Kennedy, who celebrated his last birthday on board, and Richard Nixon, who took a cruise with more than a dozen baseball stars after the 1969 All Star Game. Despite being decommissioned in 1977, USS Sequoia is still afloat today. A protracted legal battle rages on over the cost of her restoration, which is claimed to be in the region $4million.

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