John Wayne's superyacht joins America's historic register

Fri Aug 19 2011, 16:14 PM

Actor's 41m ex-minesweeper achieves special status

The US Department of the Interior has approved the nomination for John Wayne's 41m (136ft) superyacht, Wild Goose, to enter the National Register of Historic Places.

Previously certified by the California Office of Historic Preservation, Wild Goose was deemed eligible for entry into the National Register because of her association with the iconic Hollywood actor. Documents submitted and approved cite the yacht "as an expression of John Wayne's personality and outsized image."

John Wayne purchased the all-wood superyacht in 1962  for $116,000 and enjoyed time aboard until two months prior to his death in 1979. 

The yacht was a converted minesweeper, originally built in 1943 in Seattle as YMS-328 for the US Navy. She was decommissioned from military use in 1946, and her three on-deck guns were removed in the process. 

Wild Goose still cruises in California, hosting day trips under the operation of Hornblower Cruises & Events.