Truman's presidential yacht rusts far from home

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The USS Williamsburg is nowhere near as iconic as the USS Sequoia when it comes to presidential yachts, but Harry S. Truman’s "seagoing White House," was among the most famous boats on the planet in its day.

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 before reaching celebrity status as the president’s personal yacht.

Truman loved to do business on the Williamsburg as much as he loved the ship itself, according to a report by NBC News.

In his seven years as president, discussions on board with leaders including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 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.

But, for the last 20 years, the USS Williamsburg has barely kept afloat in a quaint backwater in northern Italy. And she’s in bad shape.

Click here for the full report by NBC News and click here for a report by Britain’s Daily Mail that includes numerous photos, both interior and exterior.