John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy's personally worn windbreaker, with impeccable provenance

President John F. Kennedy's personally worn windbreaker, with impeccable provenance

 

President Kennedy's personally worn windbreaker, recovered by Lt. Hirshy from the presidential yacht, the "Honey Fitz".

This tan colored jacket has the classic styling of a McGregor Scottish Drizzler, with zippered front closure, two front pockets, and button cuffs. Size 44.

 

John Kennedy's passion and one of the few constants in his life was sailing. Whether it was summers spent as a child off the shores of Nantucket, or operating a Naval Patrol Boat near the Solomon Islands, President Kennedy was constantly near the sea. It became one of his safe spaces, a refuge from the pressures of leading America in the Cold War. Young Jack started sailing small boats as a child, and even won some events - including the Nantucket Sound Star Class Championship Cup in 1936, and the MacMillan Cup and East Coast Collegiate Championships in 1938 (with his brother Joe). John F. Kennedy was a good sailor, and he loved to sail big yachts such as the Manitou, but he favored small boats throughout his life, appreciating the simplicity, intimacy and ease of handling that a good little sailboat provides. 

 

According to Dave Powers (former head of NAIA, author of Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye, and a long-time close associate of John F. Kennedy), President Kennedy had some of his happiest moments aboard the "Honey Fitz.". A life-long lover of the sea, the President liked to slip away from the White House for a few quiet hours on the yacht in the Potomac. He also spent Easter and Christmas on the boat (in Palm Beach, FL) and in September and October took time aboard her at Hammersmith Farm (Newport, RI). The vessel was used primarily for family and close friends, though dignitaries visited from time to time. Documentation confirms that the boat was also used to transfer guests down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon for one of President Kennedy's State dinners. From the President's birthday (May 29) until approximately mid-September, the yacht was kept at Cape Cod and used every weekend. President Kennedy loved to spend time alone with his children on the yacht.

 

The fact this windbreaker jacket was recovered from his boat  "Honey Fitz" allows one an important brief touch-point to the more personal side of this President.

 

Provenance: From the estate of the Hirschy family via auction, which will include a signed Letter Of Provenance from them. Lieutenant Hirschy was Supply and Logistics Officer for the Military Aides to the President and Officer-in-Charge of the Navy Mess in the White House during both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. His duties also included taking care of the President's needs on overseas trips, aboard the presidential yachts and at Camp David. Lt. Hirschy served in the White House from May 1, 1961 through May 31, 1965.

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Item: 63933

Price: $10,000.00
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