Puritan (yacht)

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Puritan
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Puritan
Yacht club New York Yacht Club
Nation United States
BuilderGeorge Lawley & Son
Owner(s)John Malcolm Forbes
Racing career
SkippersJohn Malcolm Forbes
Notable victories1885 America's Cup
America's Cup1885
Specifications
Displacement105 tons
Length94 ft 0 in (28.65 m) (LOA)
81 ft 1.5 in (24.727 m) (LWL)
Beam22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
Draft8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)
Sail area7,982 sq ft (741.6 m2)

Puritan was the 1885 America's Cup defender.

Puritan as photographed by John S. Johnston.

Design[edit]

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 a cutter but beam and power of a sloop. It was built and skippered by John Malcolm Forbes.

Career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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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