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the past."

Loïck PEYRON (V&V July 2014)



The start of the second raceRANGER SCORES BY 3 MILES FOR SECOND VICTORY IN ROW

Ranger won her second straight of the America's Cup races, and in doing so administered to the challenger, Endeavour II, the worst defeat over a triangular course of thirty miles in the long history of the prized trophy.

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SHAMROCK WINS FIRST RACE AFTER RESOLUTE WITHDRAWS

Defender Was Far in Lead

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1920 - Yesterday's international yacht race victory will go officially to Shamrock's credit.

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Thomas Sopwith in 1911LONDON, Oct. 17.--England today challenged the United States to another series of races for the America's Cup.

At a special meeting of the International Yacht Racing Union today the Royal Yacht Squadron issued at challenge on behalf of Thomas 0ctave Murdoch Sopwith, aircraft manufacturer and designer.

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02886VIn anticipation of Galatea's coming, Boston yachtsmen immediately “got busy” after the 1885 race, with a view to holding the laurels they had won. General Paine, one of the Puritan syndicate, feeling sure that Puritan could be improved upon, which feeling was shared by the yacht's designer, placed an order with Edward Burgess for a new sloop, somewhat larger than Puritan, of which he was to be the sole owner.

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Cup defender Whirlwind at Lawley'sIn answer to Lipton’s challenge of 1929 the Americans designed four J-Class yachts as possible defenders. Enterprise, Whirlwind, Yankee and Weetamoe were launched within a month of each other; Weetamoe and Enterprise from the Herreshoff yard and Yankee and Whirlwind from Lawley & Son’s yard in Bristol.

Whirlwind, the second J, was the most revolutionary of the four.

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The boat which the New York Yacht Club picked to meet the Canadian challenger was the schooner Madeline, owned by John S. Dickerson, then commodore of the Brooklyn Yacht Club. There was no question that this boat was entitled to be called the “champion” American schooner, as she had been the most consistent racer in the fleet since 1873, and in that year is said to have won every regatta in which she started.

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ThompsonEV Born in Mystic in 1899, Ellery Thompson was a dragger boat captain in and around New London for half a century, as well as a storyteller, author, and painter. He died in 1988. Thompson was profiled in The New Yorker in a two-part piece by Joseph Mitchell, January 4 and 11, 1947. Mitchell wrote:

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LoefflerAVAugust Loeffler born May 1864 in NY, is the son of John Loeffler, photographer. John Loeffler was born Dec 1833 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He emigrated to US 1854 and married Emily in 1860. They had five children: Elizabeth, Otto, August, Oscar and Alexander.
August Loeffler published real photo postcards of his own work and contributed images to cards depicting the Catskills and New York City...

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88 years: The end of Mischief

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On 1929, Mischief is put up for sale for scrap. Concerned by her impending fate, Boston yachtmen pooled their resources to buy the wreck and scuttled her "decently" at their own expense.

132 years: Launching of the sloop Puritan

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Puritan was launched July 16, 1885. She was a big boat and measured 81 feet 1 inch on the water, 94 feet over all, 22 feet 7 inches breadth of beam, and 8 feet 8 inches draft, which her board when down increased to 20 feet.

105 years: COLUMBIA TO BE HOUSEBOAT

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May 26, 1912.- Now that her racing days are over the schooner yacht Columbia, launched in 1871, and a stanch defender of the America Cup, is to be turned into a house boat by her present owner, Charles A. Tucker, who has lived on her for the past five years, while her cabin has been practically the same as when her owners were racers.

105 years: PILGRIM TO BE FISHING CRAFT

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May 26, 1912.- The stanch ninety-foot sloop Pilgrim, built in 1893 as a cup defender, has again changed her form and occupation. After serving for some time as a racer she became a houseboat and now a fishing craft with two thirty-five horse power engines in the hull.

103 years: LIPTON LAUNCHES HIS ’NAUTICAL CRIME’

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LONDON, May 26, 1914.- Sir Thomas Lipton’s America’s Cup challenge yacht Shamrock IV. was launched without a hitch at Camper Nicholson’s yard, Portsmouth Harbor, at noon to-day. The fourth Shamrock is going to be either a huge success or a colossal failure, for nothing like her has ever floated on waves before.

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