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Defender as photographed by John S. Johnston on July 20, 1895, six weeks before the 1895 America's Cup.
|Yacht Club:||New York Yacht Club|
|America's Cup Year(s):||1895|
|Designer(s):||Nathanael Greene Herreshoff|
|Builder:||Herreshoff Manufacturing Company|
|Owner(s):||William Kissam Vanderbilt,
Edwin Dennison Morgan,
Charles Oliver Iselin
|Skipper(s):||Henry C. Haff|
|Notable Victories:||1895 America's Cup
1895 Defender Trials
|Fate:||Broken up in 1901|
|Length:||123 ft 0 in (37.49 m) LOA
89 ft 1.5 in (27.165 m) LWL
|Beam:||23 ft 1 in (7.04 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)|
|Sail Area:||12,602 sq ft (1,170.8 m2)|
Defender was the 1895 America's Cup defender.
Defender was a sloop with all-metal construction: steel, aluminum, and manganese bronze. It was owned by William Kissam Vanderbilt, Edwin Dennison Morgan and Charles Oliver Iselin, and skippered by Henry C. Haff.
Defender defeated the New York Yacht Club's Vigilant then went on to defend the cup against British keel cutter Valkyrie III. Following the contest, Defender was towed to New Rochelle where it remained for another four years without sailing. It was rebuilt to race trials against the 1899 America's Cup defense candidate, Columbia. Defender was broken up in 1901.
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