The USS Sequoia, a historic yacht used by presidents and known by many as “the floating White House,” is being barged to Belfast for a years-long stern-to-bow restoration that is expected to restore the ship to its former glory.
The 104-foot yacht is scheduled to arrive in Belfast Harbor at noon Monday with an official public welcome to the city at 3:30 p.m. after the boat is off-loaded from the barge to the restoration site on the waterfront. Todd French, the owner of French & Webb boat builders in Belfast, is the project manager for the Sequoia restoration.
“We are thrilled that French & Webb has been chosen to rebuild this American treasure,” French said in a Friday statement about the restoration from the ship’s new owner, the Equator Capital Group. “The great depth of Maine’s talent in the maritime trades, combined with the city of Belfast’s commitment to its working waterfront, make Belfast the ideal setting for Sequoia’s historic restoration.”