President Kennedy at the helm of Manitou on August 12, 1962
|Owner:||James Lowe (1937–1955)
Coast Guard Academy (1955–1968)
Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (1968–)
|Builder:||M. M. Davis & Sons|
|Identification:||Call sign: WSV8851
USCG Doc. No.: 236528
|Length:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Beam:||13 ft (4.0 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Sail plan:||Marconi-rigged yawl|
Manitou is a 62-foot-long (19 m) sailing vessel previously used as a presidential yacht by United States president John F. Kennedy. Manitou was built in 1937 by shipyard Davis & Sons in Solomons Island, Maryland. It was the 99th design by naval architects Sparkman & Stephens, who built many America's Cup sailing ships. It was later taken over by the United States Coast Guard in 1955 The boat took on the nickname: "Floating White House".
- "Coast Guard Vessel Documentation". NOAA Fisheries, Office of Science and Technology. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- Fanta, J. Julius (1968). Sailing with President Kennedy: The White House Yachtsman. Sea Lore Pub. Co. p. 98.
- Meath, Jason Killian (August 2009). Hollywood on the Potomac. Arcadia Publishing. p. 2. ISBN 9780738567556. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- Collette, Matt (12 October 2008). "Kennedy 'floating White House,' carefully restored, is up for sale". Boston Globe. p. B3. (subscription required (. ))
- Fanta, J. Julius (1968). Sailing with President Kennedy: The White House Yachtsman. Sea Lore Pub. Co. p. 16.
- "John F. Kennedy Fast Facts: Manitou (boat)". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- "For Sale: S&S Design No. 99 Manitou". Sparkman & Stephens. 28 July 2010.
- Venables, Guy (20 February 2013). "The Complete Story of John F Kennedy's Yacht Manitou". Classic Boat Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- Media related to Manitou (sailing yacht) at Wikimedia Commons
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