Valkyrie II (yacht)

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Valkyrie II
Cutter Valkyrie II-01.jpg
Valkyrie II during the 1893 cup races.
Yacht Club:  Royal Yacht Squadron
Nation:  United Kingdom
America's Cup Year(s): 1893
Designer(s): George Lennox Watson
Builder: D&W Henderson
Launched: April 29, 1893
Owner(s): Lord Dunraven
Fate: sank July 5, 1894
Displacement: 140 tons
Length: 35.84 m (117.6 ft) (LOA)
26.06 m (85.5 ft) (LWL)
Beam: 6.80 m (22.3 ft)
Draft: 5.03 m (16.5 ft)

Coordinates: 55°36′50″N 4°57′00″W / 55.614°N 4.950°W / 55.614; -4.950

Valkyrie II was a British racing yacht that was the unsuccessful challenger of the eighth America's Cup race in 1893 against American defender Vigilant.


Valkyrie II was a gaff-rigged cutter. She was designed by George Lennox Watson and built alongside HMY Britannia at the D&W Henderson shipyard, Meadowside, Partick on the River Clyde, Scotland in 1893 for owner Lord Dunraven of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

Valkyrie II had a steel frame, a wooden hull, and a pine deck.


Valkyrie II was launched on April 29, 1893, a week after Britannia, and sailed to the U.S. that October to compete in the eighth America's Cup. She lost to the Herreshoff-designed New York Yacht Club defender Vigilant, 0-3.

Valkyrie II existed for barely a single year. On July 5, 1894 this Cup contender collided with A. D. Clarke’s cutter yacht Satanita at the Mud Hook Regatta on the Firth of Clyde, killing one crewman. Valkyrie II broke up and sank nine minutes later.[1]


  1. ^ "The Yacht Valkyrie sunk" (pdf). New York Times. 6 July 1894. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 

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