A new schooner America, a copy of the vessel which touched off the America's Cup sailing rivalry, sailed into New York harbour Thursday (August 10).
A new schooner America, a copy of the vessel which touched off the America's Cup sailing rivalry, sailed into New York harbour Thursday (August 10). Harbour whistles were sounded and fireboats spouted water in the traditional manner of greeting seagoing celebrities.
The new 105-foot schooner flies 5,387 square feet of canvas under full sail. It was launched last May 3 -- 116 years to the day after the launching of her ancestor --in East Boothbay, Maine (Northeast United States). The construction took six months cost 500,000 dollars.
The new America will be in the spectator squadron at the America's Cup races in September.
The original America made sailing history in 1851 when she defeated some of the world's fastest sailing ships in a race around the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. That race gave birth to the America's Cup competition. Later the America was used by the confederacy in the United States Civil War to run Northern blockades of Southern ports. The yacht broke up in 1942 when a shed under which she was berthed collapsed.