USS YMS-328 facts for kids
|Builder:||Ballard Marine Railway Co., Seattle, Washington|
|Laid down:||6 July 1942|
|Launched:||19 December 1942|
|Completed:||26 May 1943|
|Decommissioned:||29 October 1946|
|Struck:||29 October 1946|
|Status:||Still in operation as a cruise yacht|
|Class and type:||YMS-1-class minesweeper (YMS-135 subclass)|
|Displacement:||270 long tons (274 t)|
|Length:||136 ft (41 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft (2.4 m)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
Wild Goose (yacht)
|Location||2431 West Coast Highway (boat berth), Newport Beach, California|
|NRHP reference No.||11000431|
|Added to NRHP||19 July 2011|
USS YMS-328 is a decommissioned 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.
She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1946.
YMS-328 was sold privately in 1948 to Vancouver Tug & Barge owner Harold Jones. He named her La Beverie. 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. Wayne changed her name to Wild Goose. 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.
- Photo gallery of USS YMS-328 at NavSource Naval History
(92 pages, with figures and photos)
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