Puritan (yacht)

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Yacht club  New York Yacht Club
Nation  United States
Builder George Lawley & Son
Owner(s) John Malcolm Forbes
Racing career
Skippers John Malcolm Forbes
Notable victories 1885 America's Cup
America's Cup 1885
Displacement 105 tons
Length 94 ft 0 in (28.65 m) (LOA)
81 ft 1.5 in (24.727 m) (LWL)
Beam 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
Draft 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)
Sail area 7,982 sq ft (741.6 m2)

Puritan was the 1885 America's Cup defender.

Puritan as photographed by John S. Johnston.


Designed by Edward Burgess, she was built at the George Lawley & Son yard in Boston, Massachusetts and launched May 26, 1885.

Puritan was an early combination of American and English designs with some of the depth of an cutter but beam and power of a sloop. It was built and skippered by John Malcolm Forbes.


She defeated the New York club's Priscilla then went on to defend the America's Cup against the British yacht Genesta, a traditional cutter. Immediately following the contest, they began work on an improved version which would be called the Mayflower.


Lawson, Thomas W. (1902). "Chapter VII". The Lawson History of the America's Cup. Winfield M. Thompson Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-907069-40-9. 

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