The schooner America
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The schooner America was designed by George Steers and built in William Brown's shipyard in 1851. Its name is still the most important and celebrated in the history of world yachting. America under Dick Brown's command set out for England in June of 1851 to take part in the regatta which was to be held on the 22nd of August around the Isle of Wight. The prize offered was a 100 guinea cup. America enjoyed an overwhelming victory. The 100 guinea cup then became the "America's Cup", and still gives its name to the most important regatta in the world. The last race for America would be against the schooner Corona on July 27th in 1901.

For the following 40 years America would drift from shipyard to shipyard. In March, 1942, a snowstorm would collapse the shed that was sheltering her, and the scraps of wood would later be burned.  A replica of America, designed by Olin Stephens - Sparkman & Stephens, was launched May 3rd, 1967 at Goudy & Stevens yard, East Boothbay, Maine, USA. 


This print is printed on the same watercolor paper and as a result, looks so much like an original, that it is virtually impossible to tell them apart.  The artist is Paul Norton.  It should be framed in a 20" x 24" frame with a mat.