LIVONIA

Livonia - Photo Beken of CowesOn his return to England in 1870 Mr. Ashbury laid his plans for another attempt to win the cup, and gave an order for a schooner to Michael Ratsey, of Cowes, Isle of Wight. The result was Livonia, named for a province in Russia in which Mr. Ashbury had made money in railroad-building contracts.

The vessel was launched April 6th, 1871, and great things were predicted for her.

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LivoniaLinesVIn modelling Livonia, Michael Ratsey took his inspiration form the lines of Sappho. The sails of Livonia were cut and assembled from American cotton. Before leaving for the United States, the challenger was beaten by Egeria and by Aline, the Prince of Wales' yacht.
In Livonia could be seen the verification of the old saying that imitation is the sincerest flattery.

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THE LIVONIA, drawn by Mr. T. G. Dutton, from an oil painting by Mr. A. Fowles, of RydeHunt's Yachting Magazine - Mai 1871

It is now just twenty years since the old America gave us such a lesson, yet until the last few days we have never had a vessel of great structural stability and small displacement which were the essential elements used in the construction of the America, and enabled her to make such an example of the English schooners of that day.

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Antique Print of 1871 Yacht Races New York Livonia DauntlessThe voyage of the Livonia

The voyage of the Livonia across the Atlantic was a very stormy one, and the weather, which for some days had been unusually severe for the time of year, culminated in a hurricane in the region so well known to sailors as "the roaring forties," where the Livonia was hove-to for thirty-eight hours.

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