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From 'seagoing White House' to ghost ship: Truman's yacht rusts far from home

Steel-hulled and built to look like a mini-Titanic, the 240-foot Williamsburg started out in the early 1930s as the Aras, a private yacht. She became a patrol gunboat during World War II. But it was as President Harry S. Truman’s yacht that she gained acclaim as his "seagoing White House." But, for the past 20 years, the USS Williamsburg has barely kept afloat in a quaint backwater in northern Italy. The vessel's Italian owners – who run a shipyard – say that in four or five years it will likely sink from its own decay and will be cut up for scrap. How did it come to this? And what can be done to save it? Source: Nbc Nightly-News Video: Raw-News

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Produced by Claudio Lavanga, Federico Fornaro
Directed by Jim Maceda
Video Language en
Produced May 27, 2013
Published May 27, 2013
Production Company NBC / Raw-News
Distributor NBC News

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Over his seven tumultuous years as president, discussions on board with leaders including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – often over card games and long bourbons - led to decisions that still affect the world today: the launch of the Cold War, the Marshall Plan, NATO, the Korean War, and the creation of Israel, to name but a few.

 

By Jim Maceda, Correspondent, NBC News

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