USS Potomac: FDR’s Presidential Yacht

The USS Potomac had an important role in the New Deal. It served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht from 1936 until his death in 1945. The President held many work meetings with his cabinet members. “One frequent visitor was Frances Perkins, the secretary of labor.” Moored in Jack London Square, the yacht is owned and operated today by Ford Roosevelt, the president’s grandson and director of the Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht Potomac. The San Francisco Chronicle published a story about the ship’s history and Ford Roosevelt’s work to preserve it.

USS Potomac, once Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, moored at en:Jack London Square, Oakland, California, Photo Chris Wood, 2003

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