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Stephens, William P. (1854-1946)

Category: JOURNALISTS

WPStephensVWilliam P. Stephens, long known as the "Dean of American Yachtsmen", and "The grand old man of American Yaching" was born in Philadelphia, Aug. 5, 1854. He was a graduate of Rutgers Preparatory School and Rutgers College in 1873 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

His interests were mechanics, yachting, railroads, and opera. He first became interested in boating while in college, and later built his first boat, a Rob Roy Canoe.

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In 1878 Stephens worked for the John Roach Shipyard in Chester, Pa., and remained there for two years. After that he started a boat shop in West Brighton, Staten Island where for five years he designed and built canoes and small yachts. In 1880 he was one of the founders of the American Canoe Association. In 1883 he was offered and accepted the post of canoeing and yachting editor of Forest and Stream, a position he held for many years. He was also one of the organizers of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 1903 he was the editor of Lloyd's Register of American Yachts, a post he held for 29 years. William P. Stephens had a vast knowledge of the history and development of yacht designs, and a thorough knowledge of boats.

He wrote a column in the magazine Forest and Stream, and had also contributed many articles to other publications as well. He held memberships in the Humber Yawl Club, the New York Canoe Club, the Royal St. Lawrence and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Clubs and was a charter member and historian of the Cruising Club of America. William P. Stephens' life was devoted to the sport he loved best, and he wrote extensively on the subject. His books include: Canoe and Boatbuilding for Amateurs; Supplement to Small Yachts; American Yachting, and Traditions and Memoirs of American Yachting.

William P. Stephens died on May 10, 1946 at his home in Bayside, N.Y. at the age of 91.

 

CHRONICLES PUBLISHED IN OUTING BETWEEN 1900 AND 1904

[PDF] Single-Hand Cruising and Single-Hand Craft...
Outing, July 1900 Vol. XXXVI No. 4 p. 379-386.

[PDF] YACHTING
Outing, June 1901 Vol. XXXVIII No. 3 p. 348-349.

[PDF] YACHTING The dismasting of Shamrock II.
Outing, July 1901 Vol. XXXVIII No. 4 p. 473-475.

[PDF] INLAND YACHTING—ITS GROWTH AND FUTURE
Outing, August 1901 Vol. XXXVIII No. 5 p. 521-525.

[PDF] The Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup Race.
Outing, September 1901 Vol. XXXVIII No. 6 p. 731-733.

[PDF] THE EVOLUTION OF THE YACHT DESIGNER*—
ENGLISH DESIGNERS

Outing, October 1901 Vol. XXXIX No. 1 p. 49-53.

[PDF] THE EVOLUTION OF THE YACHT DESIGNER —
THE AMERICAN DESIGNERS

Outing, November 1901 Vol. XXXIX No. 2 p. 223-228.

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[PDF] The Yachting Outlook.
Outing, April 1902 Vol. XXXX No. 1 p. 121-123.

[PDF] The Yachting Outlook.
Outing, May 1902 Vol. XXXX No. 2 p. 250-251.

[PDF] One-Design Classes in Yachting.
Outing, June 1902 Vol. XXXX No. 3 p. 298-303.

[PDF] One-Design in Yachting. The desirable size of a boat.
Outing, July 1902 Vol. XXXX No. 4 p. 481-485.

[PDF] Yacht Designing and Racing in 1902.
Outing, December 1902 Vol. XLI No. 3 p. 379-382.

[PDF] FALLACY OF GAIN IN SAILING LENGTH
Outing, May 1904 Vol. XLIV No. 2 p. 255-256.

[PDF] High-Speed Launches and Launch Racing.
Outing, June 1904 Vol. XLIV No. 3 p. 292-300.

 

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