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1895 : CHALLENGE N°9

The FIASCO.

LORD DUNRAVEN left Valkyrie II at New York for the winter of 1893-94 but did not race her in American waters the next season, as he had intended doing. His eyes were still turned toward the Cup, and in the autumn of 1894 he opened correspondence looking to another challenge.

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In the meantime steps were taken to build a boat to defend the cup. The superiority of Herreshoff vessels was such that no one was found willing to take chances against them, and as a result only one boat intended for defense was laid down, on order of a New York Yacht Club syndicate composed of William K. Vanderbilt, K. D. Morgan and C. Oliver Iselin. Extraordinary precautions were taken to make her a potential winner.

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August 15, 1895 : official measurements

The Defender and the Vigilant will be floated into the dry docks in the Erie Basin at high tide, about 7 o'clock to-morrow morning. The Defender will occupy Dock No. 1 and the Vigilant Dock No. 2. So any one who pays a visit to the basin will have a chance to compare the models of the two yachts.

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Both boats were measured by John Hyslop, the measurer of the New York Yacht Club, on the day before the first race. Valkyrie was the larger, and her rating was slightly higher than the Defender's; consequently she had to allow the American boat twenty-nine seconds in time over a 30-mile course.
In a letter of October 25th, 1894, Lord Dunraven suggested that the vessels when measured should be marked on water-line.

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00803VOUTSAILED THE ENGLISHMAN AT EVERY POINT

Defeated the Valkyrie by 8 Minutes 49 Seconds in a Beat to Windward and Back

LogoNYT September 07, 1895 - The committee boat, the tug Luckenback, ...

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01289VTHE YACHTS REMEASURED.

When the yachts came home after the first race, it was known to none but the regatta and cup committees of the New York Yacht Club that Lord Dunraven had made a charge bearing an imputation of fraud, to Mr. Latham A. Fish, the New York Yacht Club member sailing on Valkyrie III...

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03462VWon the Second Cup Race by 47 Seconds, after Fouling the Defender

Regatta Committee Will Consider the Protest To-day and Decide Who Is to Blame for the Accident

LogoNYT Sept. 10, 1895 - The sea was as smooth as glass outside Sandy Hook, ...

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01246VPROTEST SUSTAINED; VALKYRIE DISQUALIFIED

All Efforts to Have the Race Called Off Failed.

LogoNYT Sept. 12, 1895 - The protest of C. Oliver Iselin against the Valkyrie was sustained by the Regatta Committee, and the race sailed on Tuesday, ...

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00331VVALKYRIE CROSSED THE LINE, THEN TURNED BACK

Last of the America's Cup Races This Year Simply a Walk-over for the Defender.

LogoNYT Sept. 13, 1895 - The American champion yacht Defender sailed alone ...

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04876VINVESTIGATION TO BEGIN

Committee Will Inquire Into Lord Dunraven's Charges To-day.

LogoNYT Dec. 27, 1895 - The investigation will be in the model room of the New-York Yacht Club this morning at 10 o'clock.

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