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The story of the last US presidential yacht, which hosted foreign leaders and cruised the Caribbean until the 1970s

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  From 1932 to 1977 US presidents had at their disposal a
  private yacht named USS Sequoia. 
  
  The vessel was capable of sleeping six, and hosting parties
  of up to 40 on its deck. 
  
  Aboard the Sequoia, presidents hosted foreign leaders and
  held glamorous parties.
  
  President John F Kennedy celebrated his final birthday on the
  yacht, and President Richard Nixon held a summit with Soviet
  leader Leonid Brezhnev.
  
  The boat was sold by the government by order of President
  Jimmy Carter in 1977. 
  
  
    
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  From Air Force One to armored cars like "the Beast", the
  President of the United States tends to travel with a degree of
  style and fanfare.

  And, until the 1970s , perhaps the ultimate option was the US
  presidential yacht - a ship maintained for their exclusive use,
  known as the "floating White House." 

  On board, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous
  parties - or escaped the cares and clamour of Washington, D.C. 

  Below, Business Insider takes a look at the story of the last
  ever presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia.

From Air Force One to armored cars like "the Beast", the President of the United States tends to travel with a degree of style and fanfare.

And, until the 1970s , perhaps the ultimate option was the US presidential yacht - a ship maintained for their exclusive use, known as the "floating White House."

On board, presidents hosted foreign leaders and held glamorous parties - or escaped the cares and clamour of Washington, D.C.

Here, Business Insider takes a look at the story of the last ever presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia.

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