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JFK Yachtsman Aboard "Manitou," Superb Vintage 8" x 10" Photo

A spectacular vintage color photograph depicting 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) aboard the "Manitou," a cruising yacht outfitted by Kennedy to become the "Floating White House." Stamped with the serial number "23198" along the top verso. Printed on Kodak paper. Gentle crazing to the photo surface, else near fine. 8" x 10." Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

The vintage photograph shows President Kennedy, wearing an old gray sweatshirt, white pants, and sunglasses, seated on the deck of the "Manitou" alongside six male companions. The "Manitou" was a 62' long cutter-rigged Bermudan yawl originally designed as a racing yacht by Olin Stephens and constructed in Solomans, Maryland in 1937. In 1955, the vessel was donated to the U.S. Coast Guard as a training vessel. President Kennedy commandeered it and commissioned its overhaul so that he could conduct White House business on the open water. The "Manitou" was much smaller and sprightlier than the other presidential ship, the beloved power yacht "Honey Fitz."

John F. Kennedy had a life-long love of ships, the sea, sailing, yachting, and racing. He attended the America's Cup aboard the "Manitou" in 1962.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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