Defender (yacht)

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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
Nation:  United States
America's Cup Year(s): 1895
Designer(s): Nathanael Greene Herreshoff
Builder: Herreshoff Manufacturing Company
Launched: 1895
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
Displacement: 151.5 tons
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)[1]

Defender was the 1895 America's Cup defender.


Defender was designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1895. It was Herreshoff's second victorious America's Cup defender design.

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.


  1. ^ Jones, Gregory O. (25 December 2004). Herreshoff Sailboats. Voyageur Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-7603-1160-8. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 

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