Transport: Mayflower

In 1896 a graceful 320-ft. yacht was built at J. & G. Thompson's shipyards, Clydebank, Scotland, painted white, launched as the Mayflower, sold to Manhattan Landlord Ogden Goelet for $1,250,000. Two years later the U. S. Navy bought her for $430,000, ran her as a dispatch & gunboat in Cuban waters. Thereupon the naval auxiliary Mayflower cruised in U. S. waters and abroad, carried such potentates as Edward VII, Kaiser Wilhelm, made history as the signing place of the peace treaty following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1902 she became the Presidential yacht of...

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