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Walt's Look Around: "Blue Boy"

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HOLMES COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is a pretty sleek looking teak wood yacht in Holmes County that has a colorful past, and a colorful name. It's called the ‘Blue Boy.' You can Google it and get it's history. Or just let its current owner tell us about it.

It is in permanent dry dock on some property Don Barrett owns out west of Lexington. Under a protective awning on the banks of Lake Katherine sits "Blue Boy," a vessel that started out as a rumrunner in southern California during the prohibition era. And that was just the beginning.

The Blue Boy was built in 1928 for the owner of the 7-up bottling empire," said owner Don Barrett. "It became owned by William Randolph Hearst, who kept it at San Simeon. He entertained the Hollywood starlets of the day. They all came to San Simeon for the weekend. In 1943 he gave it to the navy and it was the VIP tender for the capitol ships in long beach harbor till the end of the war. After that it went back into movie star hands. Barbara Stanwick owned it at one time. The Cisco Kid, Duncan Renaldo, owned it at one time. The most famous thing about this boat is this is the boat that Robert Kennedy, visited, went riding with Marilyn Monroe on, on at least two and maybe three different occasions."

The Blue Boy wound up in Holmes County after Don's brother-in-law acquired it and it fell into disrepair and he offered it to don if he would restore it.

Which he did. And set it up on a piece of property in Holmes County and hooked it up to plumbing and electricity and uses it as a get away.

It's become a place for churches and friends and folks in Holmes County to enjoy, to fish and have parties and wedding receptions, said Barrett.

The Yacht "Blue Boy," once owned by Hollywood stars and infamous publisher William Randolph Hearst, and frequented by Marilyn Monroe, is sort of a fish out of water here in Mississippi. But it has a much quieter retirement here as a place for Sunday school class gatherings and reunions of one kind or another.

It's supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. So I guess that means the Blue Boy hasn't lost all of the spirit of its former life.

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