Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club

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Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club
Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club House c 1894
Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events[citation needed]
Official language
English, French
Website PCYC

The Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club or sometimes Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia is a yacht club near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its clubhouse and dock are located at 300 W. 2nd Street in Essington, Pennsylvania.


The club was established on January 12, 1892, by 13 members of the Quaker City Yacht Club who split off to establish their own organization because of a schism in the older club. There was dissatisfaction with the diversity in social standing of newer members, and the desire to have yachts longer than the 40 foot limit set by the old club.[1] Among the charter members were: Alexander Van Rensselaer; Anthony J. Drexel II, Anthony Joseph Drexel, and Addison F. Bancroft.[1] The first club officers were Commodore Edward R. Coleman, son of Robert Coleman, Philadelphia's first industrial millionaire and the owner of the largest yacht in the club; Vice-Commodore Ogden D. Wilkinson; and Rear-Commodore W. Barklie Henry, a financier.[2]

Among its early members were Edgar T. Scott, Charles Longstreth, Samuel Kent (yachting), Ernest du Pont, Walter H. Lippincott, Ralph Earle[disambiguation needed], Arthur Pew, E. R. Fenimore Johnson, John Wanamaker, John Thompson Dorrance, Cyrus B. Curtis, A. Atwater Kent, Jr., Fitz Eugene Dixon, and E. Paul du Pont.[1]

Among its later commodores was Edward Walter Clark, Jr., who took the office around 1915.[3]

A history of the club appeared in 1940, Early days of the Corinthian yacht club of Philadelphia,[4] written by Robert Barrie, a club member whose 1909 book Cruises helped spark interest in recreational boating on the Chesapeake Bay.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Launching of a New Yacht Club". Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ Time. January 5, 1931,9171,930243,00.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Defiance Sold as Junk. America's Cup Candidate Cost $65,000 - Goes for $6,500". The New York Times. January 6, 1915. Retrieved 2010-12-07. Her surviving owner, Commodore E. W. Clark of the Philadelphia Corinthian Yacht Club, has disposed of her as junk, and she will be broken up mainly for the seventy tons of lead in her keel and the steel ribs in her frame. 
  4. ^ Robert Barrie, Early Days of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia (Philadelphia: Priv. print by J. Spencer, 1940).
  5. ^ "Corinthian YC of Philadelphia Curses (and Cruises) on the Chesapeake". Spinsheet. May 29, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 

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