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June 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Sequoia, that motorized, mahogany-laden yacht of eight presidents, has been a prized piece of Washington memorabilia since the federal government purchased it during Prohibition to chase down rumrunners on the Chesapeake Bay. Now it might be sold again. A maritime museum in Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, has acquired an option to purchase the 80-year-old vessel, which could mean relocating it more than 350 miles north of its current berth.
September 5, 1988 | CHRISTOPHER VAUGHAN, Christopher Vaughan is a writer for Science News Magazine, from which this was adapted
As if to prove that the America's Cup trophy is indeed awarded to the winner of a boat race, and not to a team of lawyers for their prowess in court, contestants in this year's America's Cup will soon take to the waters off San Diego to sail against each other. But the legal tacks and jibes of the last year have made this a match race unrivaled by any in the Cup's 137-year history.
March 27, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Iran's navy hijacked an Arab tycoon's yacht with five members of Kuwait's royal family and four Britons aboard and was holding them for ransom, news reports said Sunday. Government information officers in Kuwait, Bahrain and other Persian Gulf states said that they had no information about the incident, which reportedly occurred Thursday. "We're very puzzled by the Kuwaiti report," said a Bahrain-based shipping source.
April 27, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL
No evidence of drugs was found aboard an 87-foot motor yacht from Newport Beach that was seized over the weekend by Mexican agents who destroyed the vessel's interior during a two-day hunt for narcotics, U.S. Customs Service officials said Thursday. In a thorough search, Customs agents and Coast Guard officers combed the Rusalka for almost four hours after the craft's arrival in Key West, Fla. They also questioned the skipper, Robert Ambrosius, 27, of Orange, and his wife, Tammy, 21.
December 23, 1995 | Associated Press
A Santa Clarita woman who survived a yachting tragedy last month is expected to lean on her new friends as she struggles to cope with Christmas Day without her family. Judith Sleavin lost her husband Michael, 42, her son Benjamin, 9, and daughter Anna, 7, when their yacht Melinda Lee was rammed at sea by an unidentified cargo ship off the Northland coast on Nov. 24.
November 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday called off a weeklong air and sea search of the Caribbean for a Windjammer Barefoot Cruises yacht that disappeared with its crew of 31 during Hurricane Mitch. Contact was lost Oct. 27 with the 282-foot Fantome, a four-masted schooner that was the flagship of Miami Beach-based Windjammer's cruise fleet. The ship, built in 1927 for the Duke of Westminster, was nowhere to be found off the coasts of Belize, Guatemala or Honduras.
April 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A $200,000 luxury boat nearly sank in Newport Harbor on Thursday, leaving a thin layer of diesel fuel on the surface of the water. No one was aboard the 38-foot Epicure, and officials said the fuel spill was contained before it could spread and cause damage. The yacht, owned by Thomas Getgood of Newport Beach, was found tied to a dock near Jamboree Road and Backbay Drive at 6:30 a.m.
December 1, 1995
An overturned 60-foot power yacht registered to an owner in Alaska was found Thursday nine miles west of Catalina Island, officials said. A dive team said no bodies were found near the vessel. The overturned vessel was spotted about 5 p.m. by the crew of a cruise ship, officials said. A county Fire Department dive team searched the waters for several hours.
June 10, 1990 | Associated Press
An Austrian tourist died and her husband was missing after a chartered yacht collided Saturday with a freighter and sank in the Aegean Sea, an official said. It was unclear what caused the accident off Cape Sounion, 45 miles southeast of Athens, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. Two other passengers were slightly injured when the yacht, the Greek Aghena, collided with the freighter Anastassia K.
May 9, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The Coast Guard seized a 133-foot yacht valued at $2.5 million after finding one-tenth of an ounce of marijuana aboard, claiming the vessel under a "zero tolerance" crackdown on drugs. The Ark Royal, registered in Delaware with its home port in Philadelphia, was seized Saturday in international waters between Mexico and Cuba after Coast Guard officers found the butt of a marijuana cigarette in a trash can and a small amount of marijuana in a stateroom, Coast Guard officials here said.
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