John Wayne: Take a Tour of the Cowboy Icon’s Yacht Named ‘Wild Goose’

by Madison Miller
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John Wayne had appeared in somewhere around 250 movies during his five decades in the entertainment world.

He had racked up a $50 million net worth through his extensive acting presence and other projects.

With that money, he decided to buy his very own personal yacht and named it “Wild Goose.” Here’s a look aboard John Wayne’s yacht.

Tour of John Wayne’s Yacht

The video is a compilation of the yacht over the years. That includes the construction process, as well as an inside look at some of the features of the yacht. It is a three-decker, 136-foot ship with some interesting amenities.

There is a full bar, microphone, seating for up to 127 people, fireplace room, dance area, and the bridal suite, amongst other features.

The boat has several framed photos of Wayne, the yacht itself, as well as memorabilia and other decorations. Several of the framed photos and paintings feature Wayne acting as some of his most popular roles over the years.

The ship has really extravagant wood detailing, murals, and the bridge table that John Wayne spent all day playing games at near the end of his life.

Another YouTube page, Daze with Jordan the Lion, gives a detailed walkthrough of The Duke’s ship. It includes intricate details and historical knowledge of the ship’s legacy.

Current Status of the ‘Wild Goose’

The yacht is now owned by Hornblower Cruises located in Newport Beach. The company puts on different events and cruises that are often John Wayne-themed. This means fans of The Duke can actually step foot on his beloved yacht.

John Wayne used the ship a lot during the last 17 years of his life. He also put in a lot of major renovations on the former WWII minesweeper back in 1962. It cost more than $3 million. He had entertained people like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. It was in several films, including “Skidoo” and “The President’s Analyst.”

The 1993 book, “On Board with the Duke,” written by his captain Bert Minshall, details the experience of sailing the seas with the legendary actor.

According to The Orange Country Register, in 2011 the vessel was nominated for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. This designation is used for different locations that hold a significant impact on society. It also helps with preservation.

Hornblower has preserved the ship, but also added a lot of obvious shoutouts to remind people they’re on John Wayne’s yacht. The movie posters and self-portraits would have never been on the ship while Wayne owned it.

“Personally, I would have liked to keep the boat original, the way the Duke had it. It just doesn’t look like John Wayne’s boat,” Minshall said to the Register.