The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Yacht that wasn’t

B. Nash with anchor from USS Yantic

B. Nash with anchor from USS Yantic

 

 

USS anchor with vacant Detroit Naval Armory (aka R. Thornton Brodhead Armory) in background. Detroit, Michigan

USS anchor with vacant Detroit Naval Armory (aka R. Thornton Brodhead Armory) in background. Detroit, Michigan

Long claimed to have been the Presidential Yacht of Abraham Lincoln, the USS Yantic saw Civl War service. However, it’s not likely that President Lincoln ever even knew about the ship much less used it as an assigned yacht. The USS Yantic was commissioned in August of 1864. It participated in at least two engagements: Fort Fisher, North Carolina and then at Fort Anderson, North Carolina. It suffered casulties of several Union sailors during it’s operations. It also served in blockade duties. It’s service didn’t end in 1865. The USS Yantic sailed all over the world. During World War One it became a training ship. Finally in October 1929, it sank along side a dock in Detroit, Michigan. It’s hull is buried in what is now a park in Detroit. It saw a lot of the world. It served in war and peace. But it never was Lincoln’s yacht! It’s anchor is placed outside near Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. It is forgotten now. Weeds grow around it- another relic from the past. It’s now just a link to that era that a few of us are highly interested in. Otherwise, it’s just a hunk of metal slowly rusting away.
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3 Responses to “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Yacht that wasn’t”

  1. Elizabeth Warner Respess says:

    I have a photograph of Tom Warner signaling from the bridge of the U.S.S. Yantic at Port Huron, Michigan, August 11th, 1911. He is standing with his legs crossed through the railing and there is a sailor standing on either side of him on the decking. Do you know of other photographs from that time period?

  2. B. Nash says:

    According to what I know, the USS Yantic sank while in dock at Detroit. It simply was worn out structurally. It was buried where it sank. The site is now a park. I’ve been there many times. There is no sign indicating anything about the ship, however.

  3. janet gallagher warchol says:

    It has been told in our family that my great,great(?) grandfather John Gallagher was on the USS Yantic coming from Chicago to Detroit at the time it sank. I was told that it had burned first. Is that true?

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