The U.S. Navy acquired her in 1941 and transformed her into a gunboat used in and around Iceland throughout World War II. By 1945, she was back on the U.S. East Coast and had been converted into a presidential yacht, a designation she kept during the administrations of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. By the 1960s, she was rechristened the Anton Bruun and was serving as a research vessel for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, taking scientists from around the world on expeditions in the Indian Ocean. She eventually found her way to New Jersey, where investors tried to turn her into a hotel and restaurant, but that enterprise failed. In 1993, a new group of owners moved her to Italy to convert her into a luxury cruise ship. That effort failed, too, and the USS Williamsburg Preservation Society is now trying to raise funds to bring her home to America and restore her as she approaches her 85th birthday.