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John Wayne's former yacht, The Wild Goose is available for public charter.

Wild Goose

Once the private playground for legendary actor John Wayne, the Wild Goose is the ultimate venue for unforgettable events. Three decks of gorgeous woodwork, priceless paintings, intricate carvings and unique amenities make a cruise aboard the Wild Goose a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Wild Goose is available for private events for up to 127 guests.

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The Wild Goose is a classic yacht for entertaining up to 127 guests

Length: 136 feet

Seated Meals: 127 Guests

Buffet Meals: 127 Guests

Cocktails: 127 Guests

Click for dinner or brunch aboard Wild Goose.

Click for seats on Wild Goose for John Wayne Birthday Cruises in May!

The Wild Goose has been featured on the Discovery Channel and California's Gold with Huell Howser.

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Shipyard: Ballard Marine Railway Company

Location: Seattle, Washington

Keel Laid: July 6, 1942

Launched: December 19, 1942

Completed: May 26, 1943 (John Wayne's Birthday)



Composition: 3" Douglas fir

Overall Length: 136 feet

Beam:25 feet

Draft: 9 feet

Displacement: 287 tons

Rudders: 2



2 G.M.C. Cleveland 8-268-A straight eight cylinder diesels

Total Shaft Horsepower: 1,000



Classification: Motor Minesweeper YMS 328, U.S. Navy

Operations Area: Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Guns: (1) 3-inch 50-mm; (2) 20-mm

Complement: 4 officers; 29 enlisted men

Retirement: Struck from Naval Vessel Register October 29, 1948



1943-1948 United States Navy

1948-1956 Harold Jones - Vancouver, BC (Tug Boat Co. & Shipyard Owner)

1956-1962 Max Wyman - Seattle, WA (Lumber Tycoon)

1962-1979 John Wayne - Newport Beach, CA (Actor)

1979-1986 Lynn Hutchins - Santa Monica, CA (Attorney)

1986-1989 City of Los Angeles

1989-1996 Deil Gustofsen - Cannon Falls, MN (Banker, Real Estate)

1996-Present Hornblower Cruises & Events


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