Arguably Newport Harbor’s most famous wooden yacht, the ever-resident Wild Goose will be on display at the 2016 Wooden Boat Festival.
Tour Wild Goose
for free at the Wooden Boat Festival
Beginning her life as a minesweeper in 1942, this vessel saw action with the Canadian Navy in World War II. In 1965 she was purchased and renamed the Wild Goose by legendary actor John Wayne.
Converted into a luxuriously-appointed yacht, Wild Goose served as a backdrop for celebrity events, family vacations, and infamous poker sessions with such luminaries as Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bob Hope.
Measuring 136 feet long with 25-foot beam, the vessel still sports the solid brass plates installed by the Navy to protect her prow while hunting for mines.