By the 1960s, Deerleap was in Southern California, once again serving as a charter vessel, hosting the Kennedy family and various movie stars, and frequently being contracted as a floating set for Hollywood movies.

After World War II, Deerleap was purchased by Campbell Church Jr., a young, affluent Seattle mining engineer. Church had started a yacht charter business that catered to wealthy sportsmen, and his fleet included such famous yachts of the day as the 86-foot Ted Geary - designed Westward; her sister ship, the Caroline; the Alician; the Seyelyn II; and the Olympus. With her immense observation saloon and fantail aft deck, Deerleap was the perfect addition to Church's charter fleet. During the 1940s and 1950s, she frequently hosted entertainment luminaries including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and John Wayne, and financiers such as Andrew Mellon Jr.
During the mid-1950s, Deerleap was sold to Bud and Alice Olson. In 1956, she reportedly ran aground in front of the Empress Hotel in Victoria and, in the winter of 1957, the boat sank to the bottom of the harbor in Port Angeles, Washington.



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