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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Kennedy Family

Recently released photos show the former president and his family’s maritime pursuits.

Sarah Gibbens
Oct. 14, 2015, 12:39 p.m.

This col­lec­tion of vin­tage pho­tos re­cently re­leased by the John F. Kennedy Pres­id­en­tial Lib­rary and Mu­seum in Bo­ston shows Pres­id­ent Kennedy ful­filling his roles as com­mand­er in chief, hus­band, and fath­er while out at open wa­ter. 

As a child, the second old­est of nine sib­lings, the young Kennedy spent his sum­mers in Hy­an­nis Port on Cape Cod, as fre­quently shown in pho­tos. He con­tin­ued va­ca­tion­ing in Hy­an­nis Port in­to adult­hood with his wife, Jac­queline Kennedy, and their chil­dren. Kennedy also served in the Navy dur­ing World War II, when he was sta­tioned in the South Pa­cific as com­mand­er of a patrol tor­pedo boat. 

The Kennedy fam­ily has played a ma­jor role in Amer­ic­an polit­ics. Broth­ers Robert and Ed­ward Kennedy were prom­in­ent sen­at­ors, and the pres­id­ency of John Kennedy was marked by the Cold War, the Cuban mis­sile crisis, and the civil-rights move­ment. 

Cap­tions and pho­tos were taken from the John F. Kennedy Pres­id­en­tial Lib­rary and Mu­seum.

President John F. Kennedy smokes a cigar and reads the newspaper aboard the presidential yacht "Honey Fitz" during Labor Day weekend 1963 off the coast of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
John and Jacqueline Kennedy observe the First America's Cup Race aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. off Newport, Rhode Island in 1962. White House Photograph
President Kennedy inspects the United States Coast Guard barque Eagle in 1962. Robert Knudsen/White House photo
Kennedy sits with his daughter, Caroline Kennedy, as she eats a banana aboard the presidential yacht off the coast of Hyannis Port in August 1963. Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Kennedy hugs his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island in September 1963. Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Kennedy reads a magazine aboard the "Honey Fitz" off Hyannis Port in August 1963. Cecil Stoughton/White House Photo
John F. Kennedy, Jr. stands at the wheel of a speedboat off the coast of Hyannis Port in August 1963. Cecil Stoughton/White House photographs/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Kennedy eats an ice cream cone aboard the “Honey Fitz” in August 1963. Cecil Stoughton/White House photographs
John Jr.’s toy boat, a gift from Italian President Antonio Segni, is launched in Hyannis Port during Independence Day weekend in 1963. (Left to right) John Kennedy; Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts; Caroline Kennedy; and Kennedy family friend Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings (with boat). Cecil Stoughton/White House photograph/John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston
Kennedy sits with his daughter, Caroline (second from right); brother-in-law Steve Smith (far left); and niece Maria Shriver (second from left), aboard the Honey Fitz, during a cruise near Hyannis Port in July 1963. Cecil Stoughton/White House photograph/John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston
CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite interviews President Kennedy to inaugurate the first half-hour nightly news broadcast in September 1963 outside Brambletyde house on Squaw Island, Hyannis Port. Cecil Stoughton/White House photograph/John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, Boston
Kennedy laughs as he visits with press secretary Pierre Salinger (right), aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., during the fourth race of the 1962 America's Cup in Newport, Rhode Island. Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Kennedy sits at the helm of the United States Coast Guard boat "Manitou" while sailing off the coast of Johns Island, Maine in 1962. Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
President Kennedy and party sail aboard "Victura" off Hyannis Port in 1962. Cecil Stoughton/White House photo
Kennedy waves to the crew of the yacht “Weatherly” (of the New York Yacht Club), while watching the first race of the 1962 America's Cup aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
John and Edward Kennedy in a sailboat in Hyannis Port in 1946. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library
Kennedy at the ocean in Hyannis Port, ca. 1940-41. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and LIbrary
John Fitzgerald, Joseph Kennedy Jr., and John Kennedy on a sail boat in Hyannis Port in 1940. John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier pose on a beach in Hyannis Port with a sailboat for photographers during their engagement weekend in 1953. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
John and Jacqueline pose on a sailfish boat in Hyannis Port on their engagement weekend. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Edward Kennedy in London with toy sailboat, ca. 1938-41. John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library
Robert F. Kennedy, John Kennedy (wearing a sailor's hat), and LeMoyne Billings posed on a pier in Palm Beach with two dead sea turtles.  John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Edward Kennedy posed on beach. John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Joseph Kennedy Jr. (standing) and John Kennedy swimming at the beach.  John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
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