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America 33" Wooden Schooner-Yacht Model.
Size L: 33 W: 5.5 H: 28 Inches
This model ship is shipped fully assembled, you just need to stand the masts and she is ready to be displayed. Imagine this handcrafted beauty on display in your home or office! Great Gift Item!
The model ship sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality, conditioned wood, and has a brass name plate. The America Yacht model is built from scratch by experienced master craftsman and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.
The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split. Ornaments and decorations on this model (which may include, portholes, anchors, muskets, and other details) are sculpted of brass, chrome, and other metals. Sails are handmade of fine linen and rigging lines vary in weight, thickness and color. The detailed, hand-stitched sails of the model ship are constructed of fine linen. The detailed riggings and lining are painstakingly fastened by hand and also made of linen.
Extensive research is required to build each model according to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging. Each model ship is examined during various stages of manufacturing and shipping to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.
London was hosting "The Great Exhibition" (worlds fair) in 1851. British businessmen had contacted some American counterparts suggesting that an American pilot boat be sent over as a display, for these ships had a reputation for being very fast. The Commodore and members of the New York Yacht Club formed a syndicate set out to build "the fastest yacht afloat" George Steers was chosen as the ship designer, and William Brown the builder (both renown). The ship was to be named "America". The arrival of America, the most famous schooner of all, caused an instant sensation, the well raked masts, the narrow bow, gave her a wedge like appearance in contrast to the British ships, "a sparrow-hawk amongst a flock of woodpigeons..." as The Times newspaper put it. America was rigged with cotton sails. The use of cotton sails was not a new idea, but the sails that America went up against were mostly made of flax, flax had a practical advantage over cotton. Flax was lighter, stronger, and did not mildew and rot the way cotton does. Cotton sails needed to be kept dry, especially when stowed. This isn't easy to do on a ship at sea.
The America's Cup is the most famous and most prestigious regatta in the sport of sailing, and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the FA Cup by two decades and the Modern Olympics by 45 years. The sport attracts top sailors and yacht designers because of its long history and prestige as the "Holy Grail" of yachting. Although the most salient aspect of the regatta is its yacht races, it is also a test of boat design, sail design, fundraising, and managing people. The cup, originally offered as the Royal Yacht Squadron cup, is now named after the first yacht to win the trophy, the schooner America.
The regatta's origins date back to August 22, 1851 when the 30.86 m schooner-yacht America, owned by a syndicate that represented the New York Yacht Club, raced 15 yachts representing the Royal Yacht Squadron around the Isle of Wight. America won by 20 minutes. Apocryphally, Queen Victoria asked who was second; the answer famously was: "There is no second, your Majesty."
At first, America's crew considered melting down their prize, valued at Â £100 (100 English pounds), to make commemorative medals of their victory. What they did with the trophy instead laid the foundation for what has become the longest contested trophy in international sport.
The crew donated their trophy to the New York Yacht Club, under the condition that the cup "be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries," and the America's Cup race was born.
From 1870, the next time the race was held, until 1980, American yachts won the America's Cup race 24 times without a loss (the race is held irregularly). The Australian yacht Australia II finally took the cup when it won the race in 1983. Although Americans regained the cup in the next race (in 1987), non-American challengers have won the cup three times since 1983. New Zealand just became the first non-American club to successfully defend the Cup with its victory in America's Cup 2000.