MV Olympus is participating in the Victoria Classic Boat Fest that started earlier on Friday and goes on today at Inner Harbor. The yacht is powered by 2 diesel powered engines and carries on charters in the Pacific Northwest, its newest function in a history that has links to Hollywood, New York as well as the Second World War.
George Callendine Heck launched the yacht on 14th May, 1929 in New York with intent of using it to transpose from his 2 estates on Long Island to the Wall Street, where he was a collaborator in an investment company.
George Converse and his wife Mary Stuart bought the yacht where it turned into a part of Southern California social scene in the 1930s and 1940s. She was also used in many films including Captain January as well as The Palm Beach Story.
The United States Navy enlisted the yacht to serve as a patrol boat during Second World War, finished with guns climbed on her deck. She patrolled West Coast between Seattle and Alaska in search of Japanese submarines.
After the war, the boat was declared as surplus property by the United States Government. It was bought by the Washington state just for US$ 15000. On the books of the State of Washington, it was put as a “fisheries patrol vessel.” During that time, its passengers included Washington Governor Monrad Wallgren and United States President Harry S. Truman