Puritan (yacht)

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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
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.


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.


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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