John Wayne's yacht: A historic place?

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Amid the weddings, dinner cruises and tours that occur aboard the Wild Goose there are unmistakable nods to its most famous owner — actor John Wayne.

Hornblower Cruises, which owns the vessel and charters it out of Newport Beach, Calif., maintains the boat as an homage to 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 has been 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 such as Wayne, and encourage their preservation.

Click here for a report by the Orange County Register that includes a video tour of the restored yacht.