AMERICA

A.D. Blake : "America" and "Constitution" leave Newport in the summer of 1865.New Design

The America was designed by James Rich Steers and George Steers (1820–1856). Traditional "cod-head-and-mackerel-tail" design gave boats a blunt bow and a sharp stern with the widest point (the beam) placed one-third of the length aft of the bow.

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The origin of the project

The creation of the America was the result of a most happy combination of favorable circumstances. The idea of building such a yacht was the result of correspondence that took place in the autumn of 1850 between an English merchant and some New York business men regarding ...

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Roy Cross - Trial of SpeedTrials inconclusive

As agreed in the contract, the shipyard has organized trials for the America. It's against the Maria, Commodore Stevens' fast sloop, which, in smooth water in the neighborhood of Sandy Hook, easily outsailed the new schooner. She is said to have sailed completely around the schooner three times in a short distance.

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To A New Shore, Schooner America crossing the Atlantic in 1851The America was fitted for her voyage across the Atlantic with sails belonging to the pilot-boat Mary Taylor.
She carried forty-five tons of ballast, her racing canvas and gear were stowed in her hold, she was well provisioned, and, according to the customs of the times she carried a stock of liquor for regular consumption, and with which to drink the healths of victors and vanquished on the other side.**

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America by Theodore WalterAn English owner

After her race against Titania, August 28th, 1851, the America was sold by Commodore Stevens, acting for all the owners, for £5,000, to Lord John de Blaquiere, an officer in the Indian army, who cut down her spars five feet, stiffened her with iron braces, which impaired her speed, ...

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'Magic' leads 'America' and 'Cambria' past Fort WadsworthThe America defends its Cup in the first challenge of 1870

The fleet lined up against Cambria in the one-sided race contained the pick of the American schooners, barring the old America which was entered by the Naval Academy in response to the strong public sentiment that she should help defend the Cup she had won so long ago.

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Yacht America by Thomas HoyneA sad end

Upon the General's death in 1893, his son Paul inherited the schooner, but had no interest in her, and so gave her to his nephew Butler Ames in 1897. Ames reconditioned America and used her occasionally for racing and casual sailing until 1901, when she fell into disuse and disrepair.

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Real "snapshots"

There are not many pictures of America. Yet his long career has largely overlapped the existence of cameras, we must believe she really was forgotten as evidenced by her end of life. Fortunately, she has inspired many painters in various styles but realism often left us beautiful "shots".

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AmericaX3D

X3D is an open standard for 3D content delivery. It is not a programming API, nor just a file format for geometry interchange.

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Schooner Yacht AMERICA Scratch Built Ship Model - Scale 3/8" = 1' - 39.5"L x 9"H x 12"W - $75,000Here jumble of other representations at different scales of the most famous schooner:
3-dimensional first with the half-hulls and models, then plans, more or less recent, more or less accurate but still informative, then some engravings and finally newspaper articles.

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