Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts  w/ dust jacket

Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts w/ dust jacket

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Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson Great American yachts w/ dust jacket
 
Legendary Yachts by Bill Robinson   
The great american yachts from Crowninsheild's Cleopartra's Barge to todays Intrepid - those ships whose grace, lavishness and performance made them legends.   175 photos, exteriors and interiors.  
Hard Cover w/dust jacket (has a few small tear
293 pages
Copyright 1971  FIRST PRINTING
CONTENTS
Prefacevii
PART I GRAND BEGINNINGS
1 It Started with Royalty1
2 Cleopatra's Barge17
3 America29
4 The Vanderbilts47
5 The Morgans67
PART II THE GOLDEN AGE
6 The Height of Luxury89
7 Aloha113
8 Sea Cloud127
9 Atlantic137
10 Savarona151
11 Ranger161
PART III A CHANGE OF EMPHASIS
12 After World War II175
13 Nina193
14 Ticonderoga209
15 Finisterre229
16 Chanticleer245
17 Intrepid257
Index291
DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
America ... North Star ... Nina .. . Corsair ... Aloha ... Atlantic .. . Ranger ... Ticonderoga ... the names still hold a magic, are still spoken with awe when yachtsmen gather to reminisce. For these are legendary yachts, whose individual characteristics created an aura enduring far beyond the span of their peak years.
One of the earliest and most glamorous vessels was Cleopatra's Barge, launched in Salem, Massachusetts in 1817. A yacht far ahead of her time in concept and size, "frankly devoted to out-and-out luxury and pleasure," she carried owner George Crowninshield and his select group of friends on a wild junket to Europe. For a while, there was no yachting in America on a scale like this. Then a yacht named America finally gave the sport the single biggest push it had ever received. Challenging the British yachting supremacy, she won the cup later named for her. The story of America, the most influential yacht in history, has appeared in many books, articles, and even a TV special.
The three most famous names in the era of great yachts were Astor, Vanderbilt, and Morgan. In 1853, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who delighted in the unofficial title of Commodore, made the grand tour of European harbors in his big steam yacht, North Star. He was not long alone in his glory. In the second half of the nineteenth century there were E. T. Gerry's Electra, the 178-foot flagship of the New York Yacht Club; Jay Gould's Atalanta in 1883; William Astor's Nourmahal; and J. P. Morgans Corsairs, among many others.
From 1900 to 1930 there was a parade of yachts whose interiors were incredibly lavish, with staterooms furnished in a variety of periods; solid gold bathroom fittings; wall-to-wall carpeting; wood paneling; smoking rooms, card rooms, sun rooms, lounges, verandas, parlors, and dining saloons. Savarona III, launched in 1929, was the largest and most luxurious of the yachts of this period-but she was obsolete almost before she was finished. The stock market crash of 1929 ended the age of opulence.
The Depression and World War II scattered the great yachts far and wide. If they weren't scrapped to help the war effort, they became banana boats or cruise ships. After the war, the emphasis changed from size and luxury to the beauty, grace, and speed of racing craft-yachts that participate in the America's Cup, the Bermuda Race, the Trans-Pacific race, and the Southern Circuit: Intrepid, Nina, Ticonderoga, and other craft whose exploits have won them perhaps a greater measure of fame than the earlier floating palaces.
The most fabled vessels, from Cleopatra's Barge to Intrepid, appear in all their glory in Legendary Yachts. There are also many delightful anecdotes and reminiscences, along with detailed information about the great yachts: their designers, specifications, operating costs, sizes, cruising speeds, hulls, materials, rigging, fittings, crews, and skippers. The 175 photographs are magnificent-and, rare in books about yachts, they include pictures of elaborate interiors.
BILL ROBINSON, editor of Yachting magazine and a well-known sailor, is the author of many books, including Expert Sailing, Over the Horizon, The World of Yachting, and The Science of Sailing. He lives in Rumson, New Jersey.

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