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      YMS-328 (1943–48)
      La Beverie (1948–56)
      Wild Goose II (1956–62)
      Wild Goose (1962–present)

      US Navy (1943–48)
      Harold Jones (1948–56)
      Max Wyman (1956–62)
      John Wayne (1962–79)
      Lynn Hutchins (1979–86)
      City of L.A. (1986–89)
      Deil Gustafson (1989–96)
      Hornblower Cruises (1996-present)

      Ballard Marine Railway Co., Seattle, Washington

      Laid down:
      6 July 1942

      19 December 1942

      26 May 1943

      29 October 1946

      29 October 1946

      Still in operation as a cruise yacht


      General characteristics
      Class and type:
      YMS-1-class minesweeper (YMS-135 subclass)

      270 long tons (274 t)

      136 ft (41 m)

      24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)

      8 ft (2.4 m)

      2 × 880 bhp (656 kW) General Motors 8-268A diesel engines
      Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear
      2 shafts

      15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

      U.S. National Register of Historic Places
      2431 West Coast Highway (boat berth), Newport Beach, California

      USS YMS-328

      1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
      2 × 20 mm guns
      2 × Depth charge projectors

      USS YMS-328 was a US Navy YMS-1-class (YMS-135 subclass) Yard Mine Sweeper (YMS),
      built in Ballard, Washington at Ballard Marine & Railway in Ballard, Washington (Seattle).
      She was classified as a Mark II design and her hull is constructed
      completely out of 3" vertical grain Douglas-fir.
      Sister ships include Jacques Cousteau's RV Calypso.

      After naval service during World War II, she became a private yacht.
      Later renamed Wild Goose she is most notable for having been owned by actor John Wayne.
      The yacht was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places on 19 July 2011

      YMS-328 was delivered on 26 May 1943.

      She served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II,
      sweeping enemy minefields at Attu and US minefields at Kiska, and patrolling out of Adak.
      She was en route to Dutch Harbor to be fitted for the invasion of Paramishiru Island in Japan,
      when Japan surrendered. YMS-328 returned to Bremerton, Washington.
      She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1946.

      La Beverie

      YMS-328 was sold privately in 1948 to Vancouver Tug & Barge owner
      Harold Jones.

      He named her La Beverie.

      Wild Goose I & II

      Upon Jones's death in 1956, millionaire Max Wyman purchased the yacht
      and renamed her the Wild Goose II.
      Wyman traveled the world on the yacht
      including Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Hawaii.


      In 1962, she was bought by John Wayne and went through a major renovation.
      He kept the ship for the last 17 years of his life.
      He entertained a who's who of the time including Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.


      Wild Goose was featured in the 1968 film Skidoo where she was the yacht
      named Mother, of a reclusive mob boss named "God" played by Groucho Marx.
      The yacht was used extensively with scenes shot from
      the exterior and in the wheel house, cabins, engine room, upper and lower decks.

      This ship was also featured
      in the 1967 film The President's Analyst, doubling as a Canadian spy ship

      The travels of the ship were well documented during
      Wayne's ownership in the 1993 book On Board with the Duke
      authored by his former captain Bert Minshall.
      Minshall was on Wild Goose for 16 years with Wayne.


      On Board With the Duke


      The vessel is still in operation for dinner cruises in Newport Beach, California by Hornblower Cruises.
      The Wild Goose- Hornblower Cruises and Events


      Information from Wikipedia


      From, Kevin,

      Boat from World War II became famous as the Duke
      would explore and invite Hollywood friends aboard.

      The Wild Goose has almost as storied a past in Newport Beach as its former owner, John Wayne.


      The 136-foot boat, a former minesweeper used during World War II,
      became as recognizable as its owner as Wayne motored around the harbor
      and Catalina Island with family and famous friends for more than a decade.

      As news clippings over the years retell, The Duke made few changes to the boat
      after he bought it in 1965.
      He added some beds for family and repainted it a bit,
      but left the sturdy military vessel mostly as-is.

      It probably saw its biggest changes in its earliest years with Wayne every winter,
      when he would spruce it up for the annual Christmas Boat Parade.


      But when the boat wasn't playing home to Wayne and his kids,
      or hosting late-night poker games with Wayne and his Hollywood friends
      like Sammy Davis Jr., the Wild Goose was exploring the open sea.

      While almost all news reports say Wayne bought the Wild Goose in 1965,
      a story from the Los Angeles Times a year earlier claims it was his
      when three men drowned off the Mexican coast on their way back to the yacht from their skiff
      In the March 24, 1964, article, three men drowned when their 14-foot skiff
      capsized as they headed back to the Wild Goose off the coast of Cabo San Lucas.
      Wayne was there with his wife and son on vacation.
      The men were headed to the Wild Goose when they tried to switch places on the small boat,
      and it flipped. All but one died.

      In 1969, the Wild Goose ran aground in San Diego Harbor, news reports show.
      When Wayne filed an insurance claim, the company rejected it.
      Wayne eventually won all $74,000 from the company after a Los Angeles court judge
      ruled in his favor in a civil suit.


      In Wayne's last year with the Wild Goose, 1975, he partnered with a treasure hunter
      to go find a 17th century shipwreck off Catalina Island.
      According to a 1991 Los Angeles Times article, Chuck Kenworthy approached
      The Duke to see if he could use his boat. Kenworthy met Wayne while working on
      The Searchers, and in 1974, approached him to see if he could rent it.
      Wayne wanted to be a partner.
      The two, with the help of some divers Wayne worked with from The Green Berets,
      searched for a Manila galleon off Catalina.
      They found some copper plates, but not much else.


      Canadian customs found more than that in 1978, when the Wild Goose's new owner
      failed to have $2,000 worth of Wayne's liquor properly sealed as he crossed the border.
      According to a news report from the time, Canadian officials emptied Wayne?s liquor bottles,
      some with his personal labels on them, down a police department sink drain.

      The yacht has been refitted and is now owned by
      Hornblower Cruises and Events and charters people around Newport Harbor.



      John Wayne's yacht: A national treasure?

      June 30, 2011 Updated Aug. 21, 2013 1:17 p.m.


      The bar on the main deck of the yacht Wild Goose, which was owned by John Wayne.
      The ship, currently owned by Hornblower Cruises,
      is nominated for a spot on the National Historic Register.

      Amid the weddings, dinner cruises and tours that take place aboard the Wild Goose,
      there are unmistakable nods to its most famous owner.

      Hornblower Cruises, which currently owns the vessel,
      maintains the boat as a homage to actor John Wayne,
      who bought the World War II minesweeper in 1962 and refurbished it as a yacht,
      using it to travel and entertain until his death in 1979.

      Now the vessel is nominated for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places,
      an honorary designation meant to recognize places with a certain significance,
      such as ties to an entertainment figure like Wayne, and encourage their preservation,
      said Paul Lusignian, a historian for the National Register.

      The boat is already pretty far from its original state.
      The owners who came after Wayne put the Goose through more than $3 million in renovations,
      the most noticeable of which are an upper deck and a room on the main deck.

      Hornblower bought the boat in 1997, and has since tried to maintain its historic integrity,
      said Chandler Bell, director of marine operations.

      "We wanted to preserve the history of the vessel," he said.
      "We felt the boat deserved it."

      Remnants of Wayne's presence exist both through efforts to preserve the boat as he had it,
      and modern touches that remind visitors whose yacht they are on.


      The balance is apparent in the Fireplace Room.
      A naval battle mural Wayne commissioned faces the wood-burning fireplace,
      while framed movie posters of his films line the worn, white walls on either side.

      The painting and fireplace are original, but the posters most certainly are not from the Duke,
      said Bert Minshall, who started on board as a deckhand in 1963 and rose to become
      the ship's captain in the 70's, until the actor's death.

      "Mr. Wayne would never have had that stuff on board," Minshall said of the posters.

      Instead, the walls sported at least two dozen plaques from army units he visited in Vietnam, he said.


      Minshall, who wrote a book about his experiences with Wayne aboard the Wild Goose,
      returns to the ship from time to time for events, mingling with visitors
      and sharing stories of his years on the boat.

      He took part in some of Wayne's transformations to the former minesweeper,
      and often notices further changes that have been made since he worked on the boat.

      Minshall was a member of the team that built the actor's state room on the main deck,
      with a doorway that was 6'8" to accommodate the man who stood at 6'4."

      They've kept the state room mostly as it was, he said, but changed the color of the bed
      from a speckled brown and yellow to a darker varnish.

      He recalls being like a nanny for Wayne's three youngest children, especially Marissa.
      He watched them jet ski behind the boat around Catalina Island,
      and jump off the roof of their father's state room, a 20-foot plunge.


      "Those three children were my responsibility," he said.

      Now there is an upper deck atop the main one, covered by canvas and windows,
      and an additional room that covers a porthole looking out from the kids' room.


      Hornblower nominated the vessel for a place on the National Register last year.
      It's passed through the state level, and will now be reviewed by a historian at the national level.
      The decision as to whether or not the Wild Goose makes the list will come out some time next month,
      Lusignan said.

      Ninety percent of submissions that pass through the state level also pass through the national review,
      he added.

      Hornblower has been trying to highlight the boat's historical presence since
      before its nomination to the National Register, Bell said.


      They preserved one bunk room, which used to house guests including Sammy Davis Jr.,
      and are planning to convert another bunk room back to its original state, Bell said.
      The company was using it as a liquor room.

      Minshall said any steps to make it resemble its former glory would be good ones.
      To him, the boat is almost unrecognizable as John Wayne's yacht.

      "Personally, I would have liked to keep the boat original, the way the Duke had it," Minshall said.
      "It just doesn't look like John Wayne's boat."
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Wow! What a spectacular vessel. I cannot even imagine being invited aboard and being able to relish in his presence and others of that era. Just awesome!
      "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on."
    • Hello Keith!
      Saw the video tour(on YouTube) of the “Wild Goose”, & thoroughly enjoyed it!!

      I noticed that the Ship’s Blue/Tan ballcaps were for sale!! I WANT ONE!!
      I did a search for them on the www, and the only source is out of stock on dark blue.

      Can anyone tell me other sites where blue caps are available/when supplier will receive next shipment?
      Thanks a million!

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