SAPPHO

00011V«I shall never think of my triumphs in the Sappho without associating them with you, » was the message to the British Captain, George Greenham , who owned the schooner, from the Rear Commodore of New York Yacht Club, William P. Douglass.
Greenham had assisted Douglass as pilot during three races sailed in the Channel against the Englishman James Ashbury's schooner Cambria, ...

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Sappho was a model widely inspired by the lines of America. It was cut by William Townsend, the main modeller of the C. and R. Poillon Bros shipyard, situated in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and then built in 1867 for Richard Poillon. In fact, he built it on speculation, without a commission, thinking he could quickly sell the beautiful schooner. For that reason, it was sailed across the Atlantic to Cowes, England, by Captain Tom Baldwin the following year. The crossing took 14 days.

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SapphoVSCIENTIFIC AMERICAN - MAY 21, 1870

The N. Y. Herald thus describes the rival vessels:

All will remember the keel schooner Sappho, 274 tons New York Yacht Club measurement, owned by that thorough yachtman Mr. William Douglas. She is one of the finest, ablest, and fastest of all American or English yachts.

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