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Arcturus History

Built in Maine in 1930

She is one of only nine boats from the John Alden 390 series.

General George Patton and his wife sailed the yacht to Hawaii where he was stationed. At a later date he sailed her back to the west coast when war seemed imminent. After an active life cruising the Pacific, it was time for Arcturus to have an overhaul and refit in New Zealand. General Patton and Arcturus Patton came from a military family, his ancestors included General Hugh Mercer of the American Revolution.

His great uncle, Waller T. Patton, died of wounds received in Pickett’s Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. John M. Patton and Isaac Patton, also his great uncles, were colonels in the Confederate States Army. His great uncle William T. Glassell was a Confederate States Navy officer. Hugh Weedon Mercer, a Confederate general, was his close relative.

John M. Patton, a great-grandfather, was a lawyer and politician who had served as acting governor of Virginia. Visit this extensive site to discover more about General George S. Patton, the famous World War 2 general.


Arcturus Restoration

Fifteen thousand hours and three years of meticulous restoration, the result is stunning. Attention to detail and authenticity throughout is a trademark of the project. The deck plans, sail plans and interior, all in mahogany, remain faithful to Alden’s original design. A true connoisseur’s yacht, Arcturus combines modern technology with the romance and elegance of an intimate club.