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Currier & Ives

1867

American (from Charles Parson)


The Great Ocean Yacht Race


Hand colored lithograph

Image size: 17 5/8 x 28 inches plus margins

 

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Currier & Ives view of the start of the first Trans-Atlantic yacht race.

This image recalls the start of modern ocean racing: in 1866, under New York Yacht Club rules, three schooners of between 32 and 32.6 metres, raced from Sandy Hook, N.J. to Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Henrietta, owned by American newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett, won, arriving at 5:45 pm on Christmas day in a time of 13 days and 22 hours. The Fleetwing arrived 8 hours later, followed by the Vesta 1 1/2 hours after her.