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Iconic J.F.K Yacht 'Honey Fitz' Docks In Savannah

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Savannah's riverfront has a distinguished maritime visitor: The Honey Fitz, formerly owned by President John F. Kennedy. The vessel arrived Thursday and is expected to be docked in the Hostess City for nearly a week.

While more photos are expected, the images above were taken from WSAV.com's Savannah Cams.

According to powerandmotoryacht.com, "Honey Fitz is a 92-foot commuter-style motoryacht that was built by the Defoe Boat Works in Bay City, Michigan, and christened Lenore II in 1931 by Sewell Avery, who ran Montgomery Ward and vigorously opposed President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies. Stories differ on how the boat passed from Avery to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942. Whether Avery sold her or the government expropriated her is unclear, but the yacht saw service during World War II as a picket ship off Rockaway Point and Fire Island, New York. She also served as a training ship for submarine crews, and in June 1945 was refit to serve as tender to successive presidential yachts, the 165-foot USS Potomac and the 245-foot USS Williamsburg.

When Eisenhower assumed the presidency, he sent the lavish Williamsburg back to the Navy, where she had served as a patrol gunboat and communications vessel in World War II. He preferred the more conservative 92-footer, which he renamed Barbara Anne and used in Narragansett Bay and on the Potomac.

When Kennedy entered the Oval Office, he also renamed the presidential yacht. He called her Honey Fitz—the nickname of his beloved maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald, a two-time mayor of Boston. And as Kennedy enjoyed the yacht on the Potomac and in Newport and Palm Beach, Honey Fitz became part of the lore of Camelot. Sold off during the Nixon Administration, the yacht has been in private hands ever since."

It is not clear if the Yacht is open to tours. Take a LIVE view of Savannah's Riverfront by visiting the LIVE CAMS in the Weather section of WSAV.com

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