Presidential Yacht USS Potomac, Oakland, CA Photos

Built as the Coast Guard Cutter Electra (1934), this ship was converted to the USS Potomac which served as the modest Presidential Yacht for Franklin D. Roosevelt (1936-1945). The modifications which were made to the ship to accommodate the disabled Roosevelt reveal something about the President's personality. After Presidential service it was owned as a disco ship by Elvis Presley, by a drug runner, & has now ended its career as a seaworthy museum ship. The ship is docked at Jack London Square.

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USS Potomac converted to Presidential Yacht for Franklin D. Roosevelt until 1945. Oakland, CA.Bridge section of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac now museum ship at Jack London Square. Oakland, CA.Aft section of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Coast Guard Cutter Electra later became Presidential Yacht USS Potomac , disco of Elvis Presley, drug runner, & museum ship. Oakland, CA.
USS Potomac (built 1934) converted (1936) to Presidential Yacht for Franklin D. Roosevelt until 1945. Oakland, CA.Bridge section of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac now museum ship at Jack London Square. Oakland, CA.Aft section of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Coast Guard Cutter Electra (1934) later became Presidential Yacht USS Potomac (1936-1945), disco of Elvis Presley, drug runner, & museum ship. Oakland, CA.
Presidential Yacht USS Potomac stack converted to conceal elevator used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to get his wheelchair to top deck. Oakland, CA.Upper structures of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Original whaler lifeboat of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Forward upper deck of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Presidential Yacht USS Potomac stack converted to conceal elevator used by Franklin D. Roosevelt to get his wheelchair to top deck. Oakland, CA.Upper structures of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Original whaler lifeboat of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Forward upper deck of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Wheelhouse of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Compass of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Shipboard telephone aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Passageway of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Wheelhouse of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Compass of Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Shipboard telephone aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Passageway of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Back deck of USS Potomac with wide sofa to allow Roosevelt to sit without seeming handicapped. Oakland, CA.Wide sofa on back deck of USS Potomac allowed Roosevelt to sit without seeming handicapped. Oakland, CA.Rattan easy chair on back deck of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Photo of Roosevelt aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Back deck of USS Potomac with wide sofa to allow Roosevelt to sit without seeming handicapped. Oakland, CA.Wide sofa on back deck of USS Potomac allowed Roosevelt to sit without seeming handicapped. Oakland, CA.Rattan easy chair on back deck of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Photo of Roosevelt aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Dining room aboard museum ship USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Dining room aboard museum ship USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.USS Potomac ship's bell. Oakland, CA.Bar aboard USS Potomac where President F.D. Roosevelt mixed drinks for guests. Oakland, CA.
Dining room aboard museum ship USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Dining room aboard museum ship USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.USS Potomac ship's bell. Oakland, CA.Bar aboard USS Potomac where President F.D. Roosevelt mixed drinks for guests. Oakland, CA.
Kitchen of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Call box used to summon serving staff to various rooms of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Quilt of Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala in Presidential bedroom on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Kitchen of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Call box used to summon serving staff to various rooms of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Quilt of Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala in Presidential bedroom on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala's bed in Presidential bedroom on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Dresser in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Lavatory sink in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Bathroom tub in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog Fala's bed in Presidential bedroom on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Dresser in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Lavatory sink in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Bathroom tub in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
RCA Victrola record player in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Guest bedroom aboard USS Potomac once used by King George & Queen Elizabeth mother of current queen. Oakland, CA.Guest bedroom aboard USS Potomac once used by King George & Queen Elizabeth mother of current queen. Oakland, CA.Standing ash tray aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
RCA Victrola record player in Franklin D. Roosevelt's bedroom on Presidential Yacht USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Guest bedroom aboard USS Potomac once used by King George & Queen Elizabeth mother of current queen. Oakland, CA.Guest bedroom aboard USS Potomac once used by King George & Queen Elizabeth mother of current queen. Oakland, CA.Standing ash tray aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Guest bathroom aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Diesel engine of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Radio room of USS Potomac with old & modern equipment. Oakland, CA.Radio room clock shows red silent times used to listen for distress signals on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Guest bathroom aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Diesel engine of USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Radio room of USS Potomac with old & modern equipment. Oakland, CA.Radio room clock shows red silent times used to listen for distress signals on USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Captain's cabin aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Executive Officer's room aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Engineer Officer's room aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Crew's quarters aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Captain's cabin aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Executive Officer's room aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Engineer Officer's room aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Crew's quarters aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.
Footlocker aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Crew's quarters aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.

Footlocker aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.Crew's quarters aboard USS Potomac. Oakland, CA.


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