Mayflower

89. Mayflower (1889)

 

130. Mayflower

131a. Mayflower

 

201. Mayflower (1899)

 

204. Mayflower (1899)

 

206a. Mayflower

 

450. Mayflower
Photo date: 1891.

 

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Mayflower was the victorious defender of the sixth America's Cup challenge in 1886 against English challenger Galatea. It was designed by Edward "Ned " Burgess. According to Americascup.com:

"Mayflower was the second defender designed by Edward Burgess. During its first trials, Puritan (1885) defeated it easily. The American selection trials for the defense were sailed on 21st and 25th August 1886. Four contenders raced. Two "old" racers: Puritan (Edward Burgess 1885 victorious design) and Priscilla (A. Cary Smith 1885 design already beaten the previous year). Two new boats were also there: Atlantic, a classic sloop modeled for the NYYC by Philip Elsworth, and Mayflower. During the two races, Mayflower respectively crushed Atlantic and then Puritan and the Boston boat was immediately selected to defend the Cup. ...

"Galatea owner, Lieutenant William Henn, challenged General Paine for a private match sailed on spring 1887, off New York. It was raced in a strong breeze. Again Mayflower defeated the British challenger. Mayflower raced the selection trials for the 1887 Cup defense. It was Volunteer that was selected, the third Burgess defender! Mayflower was soon sold in New York, and returned to Boston. [In] 1889 Mayflower was again in New York. It was owned by F. Townsend Underhill, NYYC member. He ordered Edward Burgess to alter it as a schooner. It was sold to a Boston yachtsman and raced for a time under the Eastern Yacht Club banner. [In] 1905 Lady Eva Barker bought Mayflower. An auxiliary motor was fitted. [In] 1908 Lady Barker chartered Mayflower to an adventurer, Guy Hamilton Scull. He was a former lion hunter in Africa and policeman in New York. Assisted by Boylston, a veteran of the Boers war in South Africa, Scull headed the Southern Research Company, an office specializing in finding buried treasure. They set their sights on the treasure of a Spanish galleon which had sunk two centuries earlier off Jamaica. The expedition left New York on September 21st, 1908. Off Florida, Mayflower faced a first storm. Then, on October 1st, 1908, off Watting Island, a hurricane beat down on the former Cup defender, which faced winds of more than 170 kilometers an hour. The rig did not resist and the distraught boat went down several times. As the situation deteriorated, the adventurers decided put in the sea the load of dynamite they were carrying, but the boxes of explosive smashed against the hull, pushed by the raging sea. Mayflower was lost. Two steamers passing in the area rescued the crew. On October 3rd, 1908, the wreck smashed up on coral reefs in the northwest of Cuba.

"Yacht Club: New York Yacht Club, New York, USA
Owner: General Charles J. Paine, from Boston
Compromise centerboard sloop
Skipper: Martin V.B. Stone
Afterguard: Edward Burgess, George H. Richards, Dr. Henry Bryant, George S. Fay, Captain Henry C. Haff, Joseph Ellsworth, Captain L. Newcomb, Captain George Holly and Captain L. Jeffrey."

For more information, see http://www.americascup.com/en/acclopaedia/circlinggalaxy/bateau.php?idContent=4687

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