NEWPORT BEACH — John Wayne's beloved yacht, the Wild Goose, is now among some 200 boats listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
"The Duke" would have been proud.
"While our focus has, and perhaps always will be, predominantly on buildings, the programs include a broad spectrum of property types, from archaeological sites to bridges, locomotives, lighthouses, historic districts and ships," Paul S. Lusignan, an historian with the National Register of Places, said in an email.
The Hollywood icon and Newport Beach resident owned the 136-foot, wooden-hulled World War II-era minesweeper from 1962 until shortly before his death in 1979.
In May, the State Historical Resources Commission certified the boat's nomination for a National Register listing by the U.S. Department of the Interior, noting that the Wild Goose had been "cited in Wayne's biographies as his sanctuary and proudest possession."
Two of Wayne's children, Aissa and Ethan, used to sleep in bunk beds aboard the ship. The bunks are intact, and the siblings' initials remain engraved in them.