350-Foot Yacht Angelita, 1958

Photo Credit: San Diego Historical Society
  • Photo Credit: San Diego Historical Society

In 1958, looky-loos tried to catch a glimpse of anyone aboard the 350-foot yacht Angelita, owned by Dominican general Rafael Trujillo Jr. (whose given first name was Ramfis). The 29-year-old and his crew docked in San Diego at 3 a.m. one night.

Press and radio covered his every move; these were the Cold War days, and Trujillo -- besides being the son of the island-nation dictator -- was a "playboy," known for giving cars to actresses Zsa Zsa Gabor and Kim Novak. Though, while the boat took on stores and large amounts of cash during the three days it was here, a different starlet emerged (more next week).

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