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Photos: The Kennedys’ Love Affair With The Sea And A Sailboat Named Victura

Photographs of the Kennedys and their handcrafted sailboat, Victura, show the famed political family’s love of sailing. In his new book, “Victura: The Kennedys, A Sailboat, And The Sea,” author James Graham dives into the Kennedy family’s relationship with sailing, and the role the sailboat plays in their legacy. (Here’s our interview with Graham.)

President Kennedy’s sailboat Victura will be on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum from May to October. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

President Kennedy’s sailboat will be on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum from through October. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Boston Globe's caption: "Bob advises his brother John how to bend the jib of the Victura." July 1934. Photo from Victura and courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

The Boston Globe’s caption: “Bob advises his brother John how to bend the jib of the Victura.” July 1934. (Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum/University Press of New England)

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt steadied himself on Victura's bow to capture eight-year-old Ted Kennedy (forward). From left, Jean, Rose, Joe, Bobby, Patricia and Eunice Kennedy. Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, 1940. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt steadied himself on Victura’s bow to capture 8-year-old Ted Kennedy (forward). From left, Jean, Rose, Joe, Bobby, Patricia and Eunice Kennedy. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, 1940. Courtesy of University Press of New England)

After the war, Ted and Jack Kennedy on Victura. Jack is 15 years older than Ted. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Ted and Jack Kennedy on Victura. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Photo used as LIFE magazine cover for the week of July 20, 1953 featuring Senator John F. Kennedy with then-fiancée Jacqueline Bouvier. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Photo used as LIFE magazine cover for the week of July 20, 1953 featuring then-Sen. John F. Kennedy with then-fiancée Jacqueline Bouvier. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

The summer before the 1960 election. From Victura, AP Photo, August 7, 1960. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

The summer before the 1960 election. (AP Photo, August 7, 1960. Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Robert F. Kennedy steers Victura with plenty of helpers. Bob Schutz/AP, July 30, 1961. (Courtesy of University Press of New England)

Robert F. Kennedy steers Victura with plenty of helpers. (Bob Schutz/AP, July 30, 1961. Courtesy of University Press of New England)

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