Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Amazing Story of the ‘Yachts That Went to War’




On Tuesday, March 28th at 7 PM, award-winning author Robert N. Macomber will present “Yachts That Went To War,” followed by a book signing at the Marco Island Rose History Auditorium.

Marvel at the story of elegant yachts which were turned into warships during the Spanish-American War. In 1898, the United States Navy needed more ships, and they needed them quickly to fight the Spanish in Cuba. Turning to America’s yachtsmen, 38 elegant yachts became warships. Many went into combat and several became famous, with careers lasting decades. This is their amazing story.

Author Robert N. Macomber is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, former defense consultant, and an accomplished seaman. His reputation for historical detail, page-turning plots, helpful maps, extensive bibliographies, and educational endnotes creates eager readers and listeners alike.

He is best known for his “Honor Series,” the popular maritime thrillers which describe the life and career of his protagonist, a U.S. naval officer, Peter Wake, from the Civil War in Florida to the Great White Fleet in 1908. Through these novels, Mr. Macomber illuminates significant events of world history, which served as the foundation for the world as we know it today.

His love of history pre-dates his career as an author, and his enthusiasm resonates with each lecture he gives. You are in store for a treat!

When not traveling for research treks, lecture tours, or book signings, Mr. Macomber enjoys cooking exotic cuisines inspired by his books and sailing among remote islands.

This presentation is free for members; $10 for non-members. Visit or call 239-389-6447 for more information. The Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. For more information about the author, visit

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